Razzies: Are these films truly cat-astrophies?

George Bell takes a look a the Razzie nominations: are they deserved?

George Bell
14th February 2020

Last year was a brilliant year for film. But for every Parasite, there is a Cats and 2019 had its fair share of films so awful that they can make a grown man cry, and no not in the Up (2009) kind of way.

This is where the 40th Golden Raspberry Awards or Razzies come in, an award show to celebrate the worst Hollywood has to offer. But are these nominees truly worthy of the awards or has a terrible movie somehow managed to slip by?

It's no surprise that leading the nominations is the traumatic Cats with 8 nominations, with multiple within the same cat-egory (sorry couldn’t help it). Rambo: Last Blood and A Madea Family Funeral are also tied for the most nominations with 8 so if you really hate yourself, I recommend a triple viewing of these three.

All three have been nominated for worst picture along with The Haunting of Sharon Tate and The Fanatic. All of these have less than 30% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just showing that they are the worst of a bad bunch. But many fans believe that Rambo Last Blood, while definitely not the best in the franchise, didn’t deserve such a nomination especially when compared to its fellow nominees. It received an audience score of 82% showing that a lot of people liked it.

John Travolta leads the charge for the worst actor category with his nomination being for two of his roles in The Fanatic and Trading Paint. This brings his total nominations up to 9. A lot of other high-profile actors got nominations for the worst actor including Matthew McConaughey for Serenity, David Harbour for Hellboy, James Franco for Zeroville and Sylvester Stallone for Rambo: Last Blood. Stallone now has a staggering 27 nominations and 9 wins at the Razzies.

The Worst Screen Combo managed to get Cats two separate nominations for Any Two Half-Feline/Half-Human Hairballs and Jason Derulo & His CGI-Neutered “Bulge” and two for best-supporting actress. John Travolta scooped up another nomination in Worst Screen Combo for “John Travolta and Any Script He Accepts” just showing how many bad films he, for whatever reason (probably money), has decided to star in.  It seems that the Razzies haven’t held back their disdain for the movie and rightly so after the numerous nightmares its given people.

And despite all the negativity around these truly awful films, there is one category that takes the time to credit previous Razzie nominees

And despite all the negativity around these truly awful films, there is one category that takes the time to credit previous Razzie nominees on the great work they are doing at the moment. This year’s nominees for the Razzie Redeemer Award include Eddie Murphy, Keanu Reeves, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Lopez, and Will Smith. Personally, I think all of these nominations are great, especially Adam Sandler for Uncut Gems, as they all did fantastic work in these roles showing that just because you make one bad film, or several in some cases, it’s not like you can’t ever make a good film again.

The Razzies are clearly a lot more light-hearted than all the other awards show and usually a good laugh to watch, especially when the nominees actually turn up receive their awards. I do think the Razzies are very important in the film industry because of how light-hearted they are as it shows that in such an intense field of work its okay to make mistakes. And, hey, if you do bad enough you could get an award!

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AUTHOR: George Bell
One half film addict, one part computer nerd. All parts Croc lover

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