The Razzies Have Rescinded Their “Worst Actor” Nomination For The 12-Year-Old Who Starred In “Firestarter”
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beleaguered awards body than the HFPA, the hosts of the Golden Globes. But as evidenced by their triumphant return to network television, albeit on a Tuesday night, their assurances of increased transparency, diversity, and bottomless champagne were enough to lure Brad Pitt away from his pottery studio. However, even enough champagne to fill the Nile can’t restore the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation to its glory days when big stars like *checks notes* Tom Green accepted their awards in person. Last year The Razzie Awards came under fire for devoting an entire category to the work of Bruce Willis, who, as we know, suffers from aphasia. They eventually rescinded that nomination, as well as Shelley Duvall‘s 1981 nomination for The Shining. And earlier this week, a 12-year-old girl, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, woke up to learn she’d been nominated for Worst Actor for a Blumhouse remake of Firestarter.
The 2023 Razzie nominations are here, and poor Tom Hanks scored three nominations: Worst Actor for Disney’s Pinocchio, Worst Supporting Actor for Elvis, and Worst Screen Couple for Tom and his “Latex-Laden Face (and Lubricous Accent)” in Elvis. From double Oscar winner to triple Razzie nominee. Bummer. On the bright side, Tom isn’t the only guy with three noms: Colson Baker, aka Machine Gun Kelly, was also nominated thrice for Worst Actor, Worst Director, and Worst Screen Couple (with Avril Lavigne’s fiancé, Mod Sun) for the stoner comedy, Good Mourning (0% on Rotten Tomatoes). Tom Hanks and MGK: industry equals!
The revelation that Bruce Willis has been struggling with aphasia, a condition that can affect one’s ability to understand and produce spoken and written language, has gone a long way towards explaining why Bruce, unarguably one of the biggest action stars on the planet, would take second billing under Chad Michael Murray in two different movies last year (Fortress and Survive The Game). He certainly didn’t do it for the Razzie nominations. Just a few months ago, the Razzie Awards created a special category just for him, Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in 2021, and with 8 different performances to choose from, Bruce was a shoo-in to win. However, after getting some flack online for their reaction to the news of Bruce’s condition, in which they tweeted “perhaps this explains why he wanted to go out with a bang in 2021,” the Razzies have decided to rescind Bruce’s nominations and eliminate the category. And with that, Jared Leto’s chances of a sweep just octupled.
Spencer took home zero awards at last night’s Oscars, but over at the annual Golden Raspberry Awards, Princess Diana was a big winner. Just not for the reasons most Diana fans would appreciate. Or fans of musical theater. Or the kind of people who can celebrate a good mess-watch. Because Netflix’s Diana: The Musical swept this year’s show. And here I was thinking Bruce Willis was going to be the belle of the ball!
Awards season usually kicks off with a sloppy, boozy Golden Globes ceremony, but this year, the closest we got was a sloppy, blunted GG nominations announcement followed by some unpaid intern at the HFPA “live-tweeting” the results into a void. But ahead of tomorrow’s announcement of the Oscar nominations, things are looking up. Just not for perennial hopeful Amy Adams who was just nominated for two Razzie Awards for two separate roles this year. While The Golden Raspberry committee had to create an entirely new category devoted to Bruce Willis’ unprecedented EIGHT nominations in a single year, I still believe in Amy and want better for her, prompting me to write a simple invocation. So, please join me in prayer.
Robert Downey Jr. might want to practice holding that pose in the mirror because there’s a very good chance he could very well be soon balancing a Golden Raspberry Award in that same hand. RDJ just landed himself a Worst Actor and a Worst Onscreen Combo nomination for this year’s Razzie Awards, as well as a Worst Picture nomination for the 2020 talking CGI animal dud Dolittle. And these are RDJ’s first Razzie nominations ever. Congratulations, I guess??