Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Initial Reaction to the Razzie Nominations

Same as last year, I'm going to be cheering/sneering at the Razzies noms. And, once again, the Razzie committee went for more low-hanging fruit instead of picking out more of the truly worst of the worst.

First off, the immaturity of the organization got a justifiable slacking before today, when their shortlist of nominations was previously announced and many criticized them for using a vulgar slur towards the transgender community when poking fun of Michael Bay's Transformers 4.

Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas thankfully was given multiple awards, but I do have some issues. Darren Doane's awful acting wasn't "rewarded" with a nom, yet Bridgette Ridenour (aka Kirk's sister) got nominated despite hardly doing anything in the movie.

Blended was at the bottom of my Worst of 2014 list but I had no problems with Sandler and Barrymore this time around. Shaq, on the other hand, definitely had a bad performance but he was more of a glorified cameo, especially when you compare it to his major supporting role in Grown Ups 2.

Charlize Theron has no right to be a possible winner for Worst Actress.

Poor Kelsey Grammer got unfair treatment this year. He was genuinely good in The Expendables 3 and Transformers 4. Plus, he was barely in Think Like a Man Too, only appearing in two quick shots! As for Legends of Oz, I still haven't gotten around to that weirdo animated film.

Speaking of Grammer and his category, the Worst Supporting Actor lot is complete bogus. Gibson was charismatically creepy in his role, Shaq and Scharwz hardly made a blip in their roles, and Kiefer Sutherland was deliberately campy in his role.

Megan Fox was placed in the Worst Supporting Actress category, despite her character being front and center the entire running time!

This year, the Razzies have a new temporary category: The Razzie Redeemer Award. It's specifically designed to give one of the awards' favorite punching bags a pat on their back, for their drive to move on to better projects and turn their luck and career around. It obviously has to go to Ben Affleck, surely.

Now, for my snub rants: Nothing for God's Not Dead, seriously? No fun category for the large collection of Christian crap that came out? Atlas Shrugged: Part III gets only one nom? Where's Kenneth Branagh? No A Haunted House 2 or Winter's Tale?

So yeah, the really bad films got some real trashy love this time around but I still wish and hope the Razzies can start avoiding the easy ones and/or those who scarcely did anything.

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