The Razzies have outstayed their welcome as far as anti-award show snark is concerned. As soon as actors like Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock started showing up to accept their Worst Actress Razzies in person, the ceremony should’ve died. But alas, here we are again with a new list of “Worst Movie” nominees including Battleship, Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, That’s My Boy!, A Thousand Words, and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.
I can actually tolerate all that. What I can’t tolerate is the selection of one of the nominees in the Worst Actress category. (For a full list of nominees, look here.)
Katherine Heigl, One For The Money
Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil #5: Retribution
Tyler Perry (In Drag), Madea’s Witless Protection
Kristen Stewart, Snow White and The Huntsman & Twilight S.B.D. #2
Barbra Streisand, Guilt Trip
And that selection is Barbra Streisand.
Look, The Guilt Trip was a slight, perhaps inconsequential movie, but Barbra Streisand is very fun in it, and she brings a grounded, credible performance that’s far better than it has to be. Even in Barbra’s bad movies like A Star is Born or The Main Event, her acting is never the problem. She’s a dynamite actress who elevates the material she’s given, and her comic timing is still one-of-a-kind.
This brings me to the real reason the Razzies suck: What could be a constructively cutting (though mean) ceremony is really just a ploy to nominate all the people it’s easy to make fun of. It’s not about bastardly film criticism in any way; it’s just bait for douchebags who think things like, “Katherine Heigl, what a b*tch. She’s the worst actress and deserves to be told so in front of everybody.”
And that’s why Barbra’s on this list too: She’s an icon and lots of dudes don’t relate to her, so we have to attack her unpretentious comeback wih a Razzie nomination.
Nauseating. Don’t rain on my parade, people.
Do you hate the Razzies too? And should Barbra be replaced on this by, say, Cody Horn in Magic Mike?