February 26, 2024

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Watson & Ryan Debate The 2018 Razzie Nominations

The Razzie nominees are here, so Watson and I had to chat about them all.

The Razzie nominees are here, so Watson and I had to chat about them all.  While these aren’t necessarily our predictions, since that comes after careful consideration and evaluation of various oddsmakers, here is what we’re thinking.

Worst picture:

  • Baywatch
  • The Emoji Movie
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • The Mummy
  • Transformers: The Last Knight

Watson says: The Emoji Movie is the picture to beat in this category, but don’t sleep on the tour de force that was Baywatch.

Ryan says: Emoji movie was the only lock for this category.  WB must be letting out a sigh of relief that Justice League didn’t receive any nominations after Batsoup’s performance at the Razzies a few years ago.  But really, I think Baywatch has the upper edge because it tried to be two movies (dramatic, silly) and failed at both.  That’s efficiency at its highest.

Worst actress:

  • Katherine Heigl (Unforgettable)
  • Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Darker)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (mother!)
  • Tyler Perry (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween)
  • Emma Watson (The Circle)

Ryan says: I love that Katherine Heigl was nominated because I didn’t know she was still doing movies.  Bonus points for being in a movie called Unforgettable.

Watson says: The Razzies seriously undermine their credibility in the awards circuit by nominating Tyler Perry in the actress category when he is not identifying as that gender. Reminiscent of the debate over Jaye Davidson in 1993.

Ryan replies: SPOILER ALERT, Watson.  Sheesh.

Worst actor:

  • Tom Cruise (The Mummy)
  • Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
  • Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Darker)
  • Zac Efron (Baywatch)
  • Mark Wahlberg (Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight)

Watson says: All performers gave worthy performances to earn their consideration here, but I think Tom Cruise put in a little more work and should be rewarded.

Ryan says: I don’t know.  Johnny Depp was so forgettable in the latest Pirates movies I think people forgot he was in it while they were watching the movie.

Worst supporting actor:

  • Javier Bardem (mother! and Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
  • Russell Crowe (The Mummy)
  • Josh Duhamel (Transformers: The Last Knight)
  • Mel Gibson (Daddy’s Home 2)
  • Anthony Hopkins (Collide and Transformers: The Last Knight)

Ryan says: Finally, an award I could cheer for Mel Gibson to win.  But I won’t.  Because he’s a hateful asshat who shouldn’t be working anymore.  So I’m going to cheer for anyone else to win.

Watson says: You almost want to reward Russell Crowe for disappearing into the role so much that I didn’t notice he was in the film, but give the edge to Anthony Hopkins whose turn in Transformers was so different from his usual performances that he deserves the recognition.

Worst supporting actress:

  • Kim Basinger (Fifty Shades Darker)
  • Sofia Boutella (The Mummy)
  • Laura Haddock (Transformers: The Last Knight)
  • Goldie Hawn (Snatched)
  • Susan Sarandon (A Bad Moms Christmas)

Watson says: Goldie Hawn proves she is every bit as good a performer as she was 20 years ago with this performance.

Ryan says: This is a wide open field, possibly the most competitive in years.

Worst screen combo:

  • “Any combination of two characters, two sex toys or two sexual positions” (Fifty Shades Darker)
  • “Any combination of two humans, two robots or two explosions” (Transformers: The Last Knight)
  • “Any two obnoxious emojis” (The Emoji Movie)
  • “Johnny Depp & his worn-out drunk routine” (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
  • “Tyler Perry & either the ratty old dress or worn-out wig” (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween)

Watson says: Emojis here pair up as readily as 🍊 + 🐠

Ryan says: I’m trying to figure out what a combination of two sexual positions might be.  Is that two people doing different positions?  Because that just sounds like an advanced position.  I think that kind of confusion will lead to a fragmented voting field here.

Worst remake, ripoff, or sequel:

  • Baywatch
  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • The Mummy
  • Transformers: The Last Knight

Watson says: Baywatch may lose out to Emoji for Picture, but it should be rewarded for sure in the Adapted category!

Ryan says: Agreed.  And it’s actually all three of what the category is looking for!

Worst director:

  • Darren Aronofsky (mother!)
  • Michael Bay (Transformers: The Last Knight)
  • James Foley (Fifty Shades Darker)
  • Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy)
  • Tony Leonidis (The Emoji Movie)

Watson says: I don’t think enough people saw Aronosky’s film, and critics were divided on its quality, so I think Leonidis keeps the streak alive.

Ryan says: Michael Bay should win this award every year.  Even when he isn’t nominated.  Even when he doesn’t have a movie.  Wait, has that ever happened?

Worst screenplay:

  • Baywatch
  • The Emoji Movie
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • The Mummy
  • Transformers: The Last Knight

Watson says: The quality of the dialogue and plotting in Emoji made it the film it was that drew the awesome spotlight of the Razzies.

Ryan says: I’m disappointed in the Razzies here.  They had an opportunity to address the differences between scripts and movies but instead nominated the exact same five films in worst screenplay and worst movie.  In that sense, the same five movies can’t be the worst–if they had the worst scripts then they were at least successful in executing on the vision of that script.  Ah well, the Razzies have never been the same since they received corporate sponsorships.  Sell-outs.

Watson Replies: It’s all political.

Ryan Sur-replies: #RazziesSoPolitical