Tuesday, January 25, 2005

2004 "Razzie" Awards

The Oscar nominations are due in a few hours, and I'll have some thoughts on all of them up as soon as I can. Until then, the "Golden Rasberry Awards" (aka "Razzies") have released their annual nominations list. For those not familiar, the Razzies are a "joke" award ceremony that purports to award the "worst" films.

This has been going on for about 25 years, and it's billed as this big deflation of Oscar pomp and self-importance but, really, I've never found it especially clever. There's a great OPPORTUNITY to take down some inflated egos in this premise, but all the Razzies ever tend to do is simply rubberstamp what the mass culture and mainstream entertainment press has already agreed was "bad" that year, and this time around is no different: Leading the charge are "Catwoman," a universally-panned bomb, and "Alexander," ditto. Boy, didn't see that coming, eh?

For my money, if the Razzies wanted to show some "berries" of a more substantial nature, they'd toss the nods in the direction of some films that were crappy but ALSO hugely popular and "important." For example, why not take the opportunity and raise a righteous middle-finger to Mel Gibson's Religious Right torture-porn epic, "The Passion of The Christ"

This year brings us the added attraction of watching the Razzies not only be groan-inducingly unoriginal in their film-related jabs, but since we just got done with an election we're also afforded some groan-inducingly unoriginal political jabs via some wink-wink nudge-nudge nominations for George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld for "Worst Actor" and "Worst Supporting Actor," respectively, in "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Ha. Ha.

Bush is also nominated for "Worst Onscreen Couple" alongside either Condoleeza Rice OR "his pet goat." Boy, these guys don't miss a months-old beat, eh?

You can read the full list here:

Look, it's not that I want to rain all over the Razzies parade. I'm sure they all have a lot of fun, but in the end really, guys... they're selling themselves as this sharp slam on the Hollywood hype machine, when all they do is fuel it by contributing to the same conformity of viewpoints in regards to "bad" film that similarly irrelevant awards like the People's Choice or Blockbuster Entertainment shows enforce in "good" film.