Saturday, February 23, 2019

'Fahrenheit 11/9' wins three Razzie Awards, two for Donald Trump and one for Kellyanne Conway

I summarized "Death of a Nation" and "Fahrenheit 11/9" earn four Razzie nominations each, including two shared ones for Donald Trump by correcting the record.
"Death of A Nation" earned four (not six) nominations, Donald J. Trump (As Himself) for Worst Actor, Donald J, Trump & His Self Perpetuating Pettiness for Worst Screen Combo, Worst Remake, Rip-off, or Sequel, and Worst Screenplay.  "Fahrenheit 11/9" also earned four nominations, "Death of A Nation" earned four (not six) nominations, Donald J. Trump (As Himself) for Worst Actor, Donald J, Trump & His Self Perpetuating Pettiness for Worst Screen Combo, and Kellyanne Conway and Melania Trump as themselves for Worst Supporting Actress.
As I mentioned in Gymboree closing 805 stores and selling off Janie and Jack, a tale of the Retail Apocalypse earlier today, it's time to follow through with the winners.  Take it away, Razzie Awards with the 39TH Razzie Awards Announcement!

The Results Are In. The Mystery Is Solved. The Perpetrators Will Be Awarded!

In 2018, Hollywood couldn’t stop itself from making bad choices. From trashing literary classics, sewing potty-mouths onto once beloved puppets, to taking true-life legends and turning them into trivial tripe. And that only covers the Worst Picture nominees for this year’s 39th Annual Razzie® Awards, dis-honoring the year's Worst Achievements in Film.
HAHAHAHA!  I'll get to the non-political "winners" over the jump.  Right now, I'm skipping to the political recipients.
Also taking two trophies was 1991 Worst Supporting Actor “winner" (and now a Razzie Repeat Offender) Donald J. Trump, impaled for Worst Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his archival appearances in both Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9. Trump, combined with "His Self-Perpetuating Pettiness" were selected as Worst Screen Combo, and Trump’s White House spin-meister Kellyanne Conway was named Worst Supporting Actress for “playing herself” in Fahrenheit 11/9.
Congratulations, I suppose, to both Trump and Conway!  As for the three Razzies for "Fahrenheit 11/9," I stand by my opinion that "I'm taking his and other nominations for 'Fahrenheit 11/9' as a comment on Trump, not the movie."  After all, "Fahrenheit 11/9" has nominations at the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, Cinema Audio Society, and Writers Guild of America in addition to its Razzie nominations for worst actor and supporting actress.  Also, my wife and I watched the movie and found it both enjoyable and informative.  On the other hand, "Death of a Nation" has only its four Razzie nominations, two of which are now wins, but for Trump, not Dinesh D'Souza.  Too bad D'Souza can't put them on the shelf next to the three out of four he won personally for "Hillary's America," although he might.  I doubt either Trump or Putin will actually accept them.

Follow over the jump for the rest of the awards announcement and the "winners."
The big “winners" include the clueless “parody" of Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective, Holmes & Watson, which took four gold spray-painted trophies, among them Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel and Worst Supporting Actor (for John C. Reilly playing a woefully witless Doctor Watson).

Melissa McCarthy pulled off the unprecedented feat of being deemed both Worst Actress and the winner of the Razzie Redeemer Award (for following up her worn-out slapstick projects with a much more redeemable role) in the same year. McCarthy’s Happytime Murders and Life of the Party were Razzed, while her highly acclaimed Can You Ever Forgive Me? took the Razzie Redeemer trophy...Worst Screenplay was the only “win” for the final installment of the perpetually Razzie-nominated franchise, Fifty Shades Freed. A complete list of “winners” is included below....

WORST PICTURE Holmes & Watson

WORST ACTRESS Melissa McCarthy / Happytime Murders and Life of the Party

RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD Melissa McCarthy for following up her dual Razzie winning appearances with her more complex role in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

WORST ACTOR Donald J. Trump (As Himself) Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/ 9

WORST SCREEN COMBO Donald J, Trump & His Self-Perpetuating Pettiness, Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Kellyanne Conway (As Herself) Fahrenheit 11/9

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR John C. Reilly / Holmes & Watson


WORST DIRECTOR Etan Cohen / Holmes & Watson

WORST SCREENPLAY Fifty Shades Freed, Written by Niall Leonard, from the Novel by E.L. James

“WINS” PER PICTURE Holmes & Watson = 4 / Fahrenheit 11/9 = 3 / Death of a Nation = 2 Fifty Shades Freed = 1 / Happytime Murders = 1 / Life of the Party = 1
While "Fahrenheit 11/9" and "Death of a Nation" were the worst in documentaries that people actually watched in theaters, the worst in speculative fiction films went to "The Happytime Murders" with one half of an award shared with "Life of the Party."  Between Melissa McCarthy's award and the four Razzies for "Holmes & Watson," it just goes to show that nothing is less funny than a bad comedy.

That's it for the worst in big-budget movies and top-grossing documentaries from 2018.  Stay tuned for a revisiting of last year's dramatic films about government and politics, particularly "BlacKkKlansman" in preparation for the Academy Awards.

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