With all that is going on in the world the winners of the Razzies, aka the Golden Raspberry Awards, would fall under the category of most trivial, but sometimes in the face of adversity it might be good to remind ourselves there is still a light side to take our minds off far more serious things.
As a result of the coronavirus crisis, the Razzies were, like just about every other event, forced to cancel their big weekend plans for a live Los Angles ceremony (originally it was to have been streamed), so instead winners were just announced Monday via press release.
Universal’s widely derided musical “Cats” (full disclosure: I kinda liked it, so sue me) swept the “honors” with six wins including Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor and Actress (James Corden and Rebel Wilson, respectively), Worst On Screen Combo, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director for Tom Hooper.
“Rambo: Last Blood” took two including Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel. John Travolta took Worst Actor for a combo of two films, “The Fanatic & Trading Paint.” Hilary Duff won Worst Actress for “The Haunting of Sharon Tate.” Eddie Murphy, a frequent Razzie target, returned to good graces winning the Razzie Redeemer Award for “Dolemite Is My Name.”
The results and blowout for “Cats” comes on the same day Universal announced plans to counter the dire box office effect of the coronavirus by offering their April 10 release, “Trolls World Tour,” to theaters and VOD all on the same day for a price point of $19.99. They are also planning to offer, as early as this Friday, their current lineup of films still in theaters for the same VOD price of $19.99 — those include “The Invisible Man,” “The Hunt” (which just opened Friday), and Focus Features’ “Emma.”
There was no mention of “Cats” in the release, but as one wag just told me perhaps, in light of all these Razzie wins, Universal could put it back into wide release in theaters as a way of making sure people stay at home and avoid the multiplex at all costs.