Monday, February 27, 2017

Come On, Get Razzie!

The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation blew its annual ironic kiss to Hollywood's worst this past Saturday, and the one of the biggest "winners" was Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Neither superhero, obviously, won the battle, as the movie received four booby prizes.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice caused some controversy when it was announced that Ben Affleck would play Batman, with many Batman fans opposed to the casting.  This made "normal" people (i.e., people who don't care about comic-book movies) wonder why anyone would care about such a trivial issue.  Affleck was up for a Worst Actor award Saturday night; there's your answer.
Affleck didn't get the golden raspberry for Worst Actor, but he and Henry Cavill, who played Superman, did win for Worst Screen Combo.  Co-star Jesse Eisenberg got the Worst Supporting Actor award, while the movie itself got awards for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel and Worst Screenplay.
The bigger "winner," however, was conservative activist Dinesh D'Souza, whose-anti-Hillary Clinton documentary, Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, got Worst Picture, Worst Actor (for D'Souza's own narration), Worst Director for D'Souza himself and co-director Bruce Schooley, and Worst Actress for the actress who played Hillary in the movie.  The film was an attempt to de-legitimize Hillary and destroy the Democrats going into the 2016 election, but the Democrats obviously didn't need anyone to do that for them.  Be that as it may, the movie makes some fallacious arguments about how the New Deal was used to manipulate and suppress blacks and argues how the Republicans were the true champions of civil rights legislation (Hubert Humphrey?  Lyndon Johnson?  Robert Kennedy? Never heard of them, eh, Dinesh?).
D'Souza dismissed the award "wins" as "petty revenge" against Donald Trump's election to the Presidency.  Paradoxically, Mel Gibson, no liberal, won the Razzie Redeemer award, an award given to a past Razzie winner for making a good movie . . . as a director - the war film Hacksaw Ridge, which got six Oscar nominations for 2017, including Gibson for Best Director.  (It won two Oscars, for best film editing and best sound mixing.)  As for Becky Turner, the actress who played Hillary, well, maybe one day she'll win an Oscar for a lead role in a movie about an historical event that hasn't happened yet, look back at this documentary and just have a chuckle over it, saying it was just another job.   
Oh yeah, one other thing: Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party was the highest-grossing documentary movie of 2016, making it more successful than Michael Moore's Where To Invade Next.
Maybe there should be a Razzie category for Worst Mass Audience. 
You can find the full list of Razzie winners and nominees for 2017 here.

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