By Daniel Trota
(Reuters) – “Diana”, the film version of a musical about the late Princess of Wales, received nine Razzie Award nominations on Monday, including Worst Picture and Worst Actress, while Bruce Willis was skewered with his own category of ineptitude to act.
The Razzies, now in their 42nd year, ridicule the movies critics love to hate, testing the thickness of Hollywood’s skin by reveling in the industry’s worst boondoggles.
This year’s Razzies stole the ball from basketball star LeBron James for a lame remake of Michael Jordan’s ‘Space Jam’, earning him four nominations, including Worst Actor for James, who can at least fold on its $39 million. day job of the year with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Razzies found Willis deserving of his own special category, nominating him eight times for “Bruce Willis’ Worst Performance in a Movie of 2021,” listing his eight forgettable films of the year.
“Karen,” which the Razzies described as a hopeless melodrama, and “The Woman in the Window,” deemed lifeless and pointless, earned five nominations each. Meanwhile, so-called time-traveling turkey “Infinite” and heist filler “The Misfits” won three each.
But the musical “Diana” was considered a special level of bad, nominated for Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and nearly every major acting category, including Worst Actress in a nod to Jeanna de Waal in the title role.
Those insults added to the hurts: the Broadway show it was based on closed in December after just 33 regular performances.
‘Diana’ has been criticized while two other Princess Diana dramatizations have received mainstream industry praise: the theatrical release ‘Spencer’, starring Kristen Stewart, and the Netflix series ‘The Crown’, starring Emma Corrin in the role.
As usual, the Razzies ridiculed former Oscar winners, nominating Jared Leto for ‘House of Gucci’, Ben Affleck for ‘The Last Duel’ and Mel Gibson for ‘Dangerous’ in the worst supporting actor category. .
The self-proclaimed “ugly cousin of the Oscars” began in 1980 as the Golden Raspberry Awards, created by UCLA film school grads and film industry veterans John JB Wilson and Mo Murphy.
More than 1,100 Razzie members from across the United States and about two dozen other countries vote for the awards, according to Razzie’s website.
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; editing by Jonathan Oatis)