‘Space Jam’, ‘Diana: The Musical’ score the most Razzies

CNA – A musical about Diana, the late Princess of Wales, and a semi-animated Space Jam remake starring LeBron James have won the most Razzies, the awards that confuse the year’s dumbest movies on the eve of the big Oscar ceremony.

The Razzies announced the winners ahead of yesterday’s Oscars, handing out five prizes to Diana: The Musical, the film version of a Broadway production that wrapped in December after just 33 regular performances.

After her ignominious disappearance from the stage, the film version landed Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Actress for Jeanna deWaal in the title role, Worst Supporting Actress for Judy Kaye and Worst Director for Christopher Ashley.

Joe DiPietro and David Bryan’s Diana duo claimed the worst-case scenario for what the Razzies called “some of the most derided dialogue and lyrics of the year, including Camilla’s rhyme with Manilla and Godzilla,” said the Razzies in a statement announcing the winners.

Space Jam: A New Legacy won three Razzies: Worst Actor for LeBron James, Worst Scam or Sequel, and Worst Screen Couple for James combined with one of the cartoon characters.
The film put the live-action NBA star in a cosmic basketball game with Looney Tunes characters, remaking the 1996 original starring Michael Jordan.

‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ put NBA star LeBron James in live action, in a cosmic basketball game with Looney Tunes characters, remaking the 1996 original starring Michael Jordan. PHOTO: WASHINGTON POST

As usual, the Razzies ridiculed a former Oscar winner, naming Jared Leto the worst supporting actor for his over-the-top performance as Paolo in House of Gucci.

The Razzies gave Bruce Willis his own special category, nominating him eight times for “Bruce Willis’ Worst Performance in a Movie of 2021,” in eight forgettable films. The one called Cosmic Sin won the award.

Four-time Razzie winner Will Smith received the only real honor, the Redeemer’s Award, for his role in King Richard, for which Smith is also nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.

The Razzies, the self-proclaimed “ugly cousin of the Oscars,” began in 1980 as the Golden Raspberry Awards, created by UCLA film school graduates 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.