It Can Always Be Worse – 39th Razzie Awards Announced!

The Oscars are tomorrow night, and as promised, I’ll get to my official predictions later this evening. But before I do, there are a few more undercard awards to hand out, which may or may not inform the results.

But those are for another post coming later. Here we’re only concerned about the worst of the worst, the chaff of the crop, the Razzie Awards! Traditionally nominated and handed out the day before the Oscars, this bit of self-serving satire is at times more fun than the actual Academy Awards, especially if a nominee actually shows up to accept their “prize.” This was highly unlikely this year, as one of the chief nominees is currently in Vietnam negging his favorite dictator not named Putin.

Here are your winners – such as they are – for the 39th annual Golden Raspberry Awards! Anything marked with an asterisk (*) denotes a nominee for tomorrow night’s Oscars.

Worst Picture – Holmes & Watson – Will Ferrell, Adam McKay*, Jimmy Miller, and Clayton Townsend

Worst Director – Etan Cohen – Holmes & Watson

Worst Actor – Donald Trump – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Actress – Melissa McCarthy* – The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party

Worst Supporting Actor – John C. Reilly – Holmes & Watson

Worst Supporting Actress – Kellyanne Conway – Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Screen Combo – Donald Trump and his self-perpetuating pettiness – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off, or Sequel – Holmes & Watson (Columbia)

Worst Screenplay – Fifty Shades Freed – Niall Leonard

Razzie Redeemer Award (Positive Redemption for a Previous Razzie Winner) – Melissa McCarthy* – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Barry L. Bumstead Award (For Terrible Movies That Didn’t Get a Proper Theatrical Release) – Billionaire Boys Club

* * * * *

The big thing that sticks out to me is that Gotti escaped completely unscathed, despite being in a three-way tie for the most nominations. The film still – STILL – has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and by all accounts seems to play like it was made under threat from the actual mafia, yet it didn’t “win” a single award.

Also, I do find it a bit ironic that the Trump administration won three awards, including pairing the President with his “self-perpetuating pettiness.” Given that title and the result, it seems like the Razzie committee is participating in a bit of that itself. In that vein, it’s a bit jarring that Fahrenheit 11/9 won three times despite being a really good movie. I know the targets are the terrible lying liars who might as well be acting (because it beggars logic that they believe their own bullshit), but it’s still a bit odd for a widely acclaimed movie to come in second in overall Razzie wins.

Oh well, such is life. On to the good stuff!

Join the conversation in the comments below! Do you agree with the results? What’s the worst movie you saw last year? Should Donald Trump’s hair get its own award? Let me know!

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