No less than eight films with Bruce Willis are in the running this year for the Razzie Awards, these anti-Oscars which mock Hollywood awards by pinning the worst films of the year. The organizers of these satirical trophies therefore naturally felt compelled to create a dedicated category for the actor, titled “Bruce Willis’ worst performances in a film of 2021”.
In these works, generally very low budget and broadcast only in streaming, the star of the saga diehard takes on roles as original as those of disillusioned sheriff, former policeman, retired general or ex-CIA agent. None of these films, where Bruce Willis often only appears very briefly but which he actively promotes, won more than 20% positive reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes site, which aggregates ratings from different sources. Rare performance, three of these films (American Headquarters, Apex and out of death) even got a score of 0% from critics.
The film that won the most nominations on Monday is the recording of a musical devoted to Princess Diana and broadcast on Netflix, to critical acclaim. The film is up for nine categories, including Worst Feature. The musical itself only ran on Broadway for 33 performances.
Jared Leto was also noticed by the Razzies for his exuberant performance and his improbable Italian accent in House of Gucci. He is notably selected in the category of “worst couple on screen” under the heading “Jared Leto and CHOICE his 8 kg latex face, his geek clothes or his ridiculous accent”. These jokes should not prevent the actor from appearing on the list of nominations for the Oscar for best supporting actor which will be revealed on Tuesday.
Among the other celebrities pinned by the Razzie Awards is NBA star LeBron James, for the continuation of space jam. The “Golden Raspberry Awards”, the official name of the Razzies, were invented in a Los Angeles living room in 1981 by former film students and Hollywood professionals. The lucky winners receive a trophy representing a raspberry the size of a golf ball placed on a reel of Super 8 film. The winners will be announced the day before the Oscars ceremony, on March 26.