C’mon the Razz­ies, you can do bet­ter than that

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - By Don­ald Clarke

At this spe­cial time of the year, news­pa­pers are, un­der­stand­ably enough, full of whinges about the hope­less­ness of the Os­cars. Ob­sessed with celebrity. Ob­sessed with box-of­fice. Too pre­dictable. You know how it goes. Such ar­ti­cles of­ten point to­wards the Golden Rasp­berry awards – given for worst achieve­ments in film – as a kind of nec­es­sary and amus­ing cor­rec­tive. But, in fact, a brief glance at this year’s Razzie nom­i­na­tions, an­nounced on Mon­day, con­firms that the jokey body is ev­ery bit as con­ser­va­tive as its more dis­tin­guished cousin. Once again the worst pic­ture nom­i­na­tions take in no­table fi­nan­cial flops ( Land of the Lost), ques­tion­able block­busters ( Trans­form­ers: Re­venge of the Fallen) and crit­i­cal piñatas ( All About Steve). The worst ac­tor nom­i­nees com­bine re­li­able whip­ping boys (Me­gan Fox in so-so Jen­nifer’s Body; the per­fectly ac­cept­able Ed­die Mur­phy in the gen­uinely funny Imag­ine That) and vogu­ish pop stars (the Jonas Broth­ers in a con­cert film, for Pete’s sake; Mi­ley Cyrus in Han­nah Mon­tana: The Movie). The awards for the worst per­for­mances of the decade fur­ther un­der­line the Razz­ies’ ob­ses­sion with the most con­spic­u­ous celebri­ties of the age: Paris Hil­ton, Madonna and Mariah Carey all fig­ure. What are we say­ing? If the com­mit­tee could be both­ered to look be­yond the pages of Peo­ple mag­a­zine, they would find con­sid­er­ably worse per­for­mances and much more ter­ri­ble films.

Crit­i­cal piñata All About Steve: surely a bit too ob­vi­ous a choice for a Razzie nom­i­na­tion?

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