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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Razzie Awards Nominated Selena Gomez for the Wrong Movie and Other Fun Facts about This Year's Nominees

If you know me at all then you know that my affinity for snark refuses to let something like the Razzie award nominations, which honors the worst talent in films, pass me by without a single comment. This year's nominations is no exception.

For the record, it's important that I put this out there first: I have not seen most these films, and have no plans to do so. But damn if it isn't such fun to offer wildly misguided reactions to all of them (as I'm sure others have as well). Let's take a look at some of the multiple honorees here, like Halle Berry, Sylvester Stallone (who apparently thinks that the more movies he's in, the less bad they become), and Lindsay Lohan (who I actually forgot acted). While it was hard to focus on The Call with Berry's awful and unnecessary wig in the way, from what I gathered she's not terrible in the increasingly mediocre film. But I can't speak for what she did in Movie 43 as I didn't see it, and actually thought the trailer was a commercial for some insane "Visit Hollywood" organization. I can imagine that didn't make for a good movie, especially as the entire cast (including Naomi Watts, who is also singled out), director and screenplay were all nominated.

Grown-Ups 2 looked as awful a film as its predecessor certainly was and, which may be the reason why it is nominated in every single category here except worst actress (and, from my understanding, that's only because there was no lead actress in the film). Adam Sandler has truly outdone himself with this astounding sweep, which I'm sure will go on the mantle along with all his other Razzies (he seems to be a Razzie awards darling).

It's no surprise to see The Lone Ranger mentioned in several categories (including worst picture), since it was the subject of such online vitriol for so many months that I thought it would soon disintegrate into a cloud of dust. Same goes for anything Tyler Perry-related, who --as with Sandler--has a permanent place on this list.

What I am taken aback by is the some of the reasons why many folks hated After Earth, the sci-fi film starring Will and Jaden Smith. Not because it's a bad movie (I haven't seen it, but I expect anything by M. Night Shyamalan--sans The Sixth Sense--to be abysmal). But citing nepotism as one reason why the film sucked seems completely ridiculous as Smith isn't the only actor to use nepotism to help his kids break into the business, and he won't be the last (don't let me have to bring up Kate Hudson and whoever this Dakota Johnson is who's starring in the 50 Shades of Grey film). Granted, the film may be awful, Jaden and Will may be horrible in it--but it's not because of nepotism. 

It's a bit surprising to see Watts nominated for worst actress in Diana, which I thought we were supposed to worship because it's Watts AND Princess Diana (both highly regarded women)--I just didn't think it was allowed. I am happy to see Ashton Kutcher get a nod for JobsGoodness knows that was well deserved. But where are its other nominations? Surely it was robbed, along with the rest of the nominations for Hangover III (which I enjoyed in spite of it being a bad film).

Lastly, if you want to introduce Selena Gomez as the worst actress of anything, you've best be sure to mention the godawful Spring Breakers, or everything you represent is for not. Here's looking at you, Razzies. 

Read the full list of nominees here.


Daniel said...

Love reading your rundown of the Razzies, it was an interesting list to say the least

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