Netflix’s film version of Diana the Musical, a derided Broadway show about Princess Diana’s life story, swept the board at the Razzie Awards.
Announced the day before, the Oscars honor Hollywood’s best, the Razzies name and shame the worst films of the year.
Diana the Musical “won” five awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Actress for Jeanna de Waal, who played the late princess.
Basketball great LeBron James won the Worst Actor award for Space Jam: A New Legacy.
The award for worst screen couple went to James and “any Warner cartoon character (or WarnerMedia product) he dribbles over”, while the film was also crowned worst remake, rip-off or sequel.
The organizers of the Razzies describe their awards as the “ugly cousin of the Oscars.”
When it was released last year, Diana the Musical was filmed by The Guardian as “a real royal debacle so bad you’ll hyperventilate”, by Vanity Fair as “a flayed piece of product born solely out of cold, money-conscious cynicism”, and by the Financial Times as “a crazily coarse patty of pure schlock”.
The stage show lasted only 33 performances on Broadway before it closed. Netflix aired a movie of the musical before it hit Broadway, without a live audience as its theaters were closed and the entertainment industry faced coronavirus restrictions.
Judy Kaye won Worst Supporting Actress for playing both the Queen and Barbara Cartland, while the series also won Worst Director and Worst Screenplay.
Jared Leto, who had been tipped by some for an Oscar nomination for House of Gucci, will have to settle for the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor.
Bruce Willis had the dubious honor of being given his own category – Bruce Willis’ worst performance in a film of 2021. Of the eight nominated films, Cosmic Sin was deemed the most worthy of the title.