Early Picks For The Razzies? Simon Fitzjohn August 20, 2019 Features 491 As we move into the season where Oscar potential movies are released, we’re choosing to consider films that are more likely to take home the Razzie Awards for the worst movie and performances of the year. And for the first time in its 40th year, The Razzies will be televised. The Comedy Dyanmics Channel announced in June they would carry the awarding of the not-so-coveted awards on Feb. 23. The Oscars will be awarded on Feb. 24. Online betting at SBR is expected to be brisk on the anti-Oscars when the final nominees are announced in January. The awards are given in 16 categories, noting the “worst” performance in similar categories given at the Academy Awards. Last year’s big winner (aka loser) was “Holmes & Watson,” which won Worst Picture, Worst Director, Etan Cohen; and Worst Supporting Actor, John C. Reilly. Worst Actor went to President Trump for his appearance in “Death of a Nation” and “Fahrenheit 11/9”; Worst Actress, Melissa McCarthy in “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party” and Worst Supporting Actress was Kellyanne Conway in “Fahrenheit 11/9.” They also have special awards such as the Barry L. Bumstead Award, given to a critical and financial failure that would have been nominated if it actually had received an “eligible” release. Last year it went to “Billionaire Boys Club.” So far, people visiting the Razzies website and GoldDerby.com, which annually handicaps multiple entertainment awards including The Razzies, are suggesting nominees. From our perusal of those websites and, unfortunately, movies we’ve actually seen we have some Razzie predictions. We’re listing movie and its stars – assuming all will be nominated. Those may be and don’t want to be the nominees are: “The Hustle” – One critic called this 93-minute film starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, “an hour too long.” Ouch! “Serenity” – Anne Hathaway is particularly awful as a wannabe Kathleen Turner in “Body Heat” trying to be a femme fatale toying with Matthew McConaughey’s character. A critic called it “the final nail in the McConaissance coffin.” “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” – A highly paid cast (Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence) for such low, final point in the “X-Men” film series. “Men in Black: International” – Chris Hemsworth and Tess Thompson should have stuck with Thor. Bring on the memory eraser. “The Kitchen” – Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss got better reviews from the audience than the critics as mobster wives who take over the business but we suspect it will still show up in the Razzie noms. “Aladdin” – Will Smith gets props from moviegoers for trying to fill Robin Williams’ lamp, but critics thought it was a “whole old world.” “Wonder Park” – We never heard of this animated film which features voices of Jennifer Garner, Mathew Broderick and Ken Jeong, which tells you all you need to know. “Hellboy” – A “soulless reboot” which shows, unfortunately, that David Harbour couldn’t fill Hellboy’s filed-flat horns. “Captive State” – There is a strong chance that this film starring John Goodman and Aston Sander was seen by so few people that it won’t even be mentioned. We’ll see. “Cats” – What is notable about this film version of the popular Andrew Lloyd Weber musical is that its Razzie potential is high just from the trailer which social media had a field day with. Called “creepy” and “an abomination,” the Razzies may not have enough slots to accommodate all the potential nominees including Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Judi Dench, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo and Jennifer Hudson. They also may have to create a category for “worst digital fur.” If you can’t wait until February to pick the worst of anything, you can participate now in the Razzie website’s “Picks of the Weak.” The website accepts nominees in varying categories of Movie, TV show, Celebrity Mishap and Political Blunder and announces consensus winners. It appears the movie categories may help populate the final Razzie nominees. The current winners are: Movie: “MIB International” – “A bomb heard ‘round the world.”DVD/Streaming: “Hellboy 2019” – “Boy O’ Boy, now our voting members can see it.”Celebrity Mishap: R. KellyPolitical Blunder: “Moscow” Mitch (McConnell) – For not passing legislation to protect us from the Russians, & AK-47 lunatics.