What was the worst film from the worst year ever?
The 41st annual Razzie Awards will hope to answer that grim question after releasing its nominations that cover the annus horribilis that was 2020. Topping the ignoble list is Universal’s universal bomb Dolittle, which scored six nominations, including worst film, worst remake, worst actor for Robert Downey Jr., worst director for Stephen Gaghan, worst screenplay and worst screen combo for RDJ and his what-was-he-thinking Welsh accent.
Also notching six nominations was the Polish film 365 Days, a tawdry remake of the artistically questionable Fifty Shades of Grey. Barbara Bialowas and Tomasz Mandes’ erotic drama is a surprise contender as the Razzies tweaked their rules to account for the most extraordinary year (that is, a serious lack of terrible films getting a wide release).
Mired in controversy, 365 Days faced a campaign to have it removed from Netflix. Welsh singer Duffy, who had suffered a horrific experience of being drugged, kidnapped and raped, said in an open letter to the streamer that the film “glamorizes the brutal reality of sex trafficking, kidnapping and rape.”
Sony’s The Fantasy Island “reimaging” scored five nominations, the rare misfire for Blumhouse picking up citations for worst film, worst supporting actress twice (Maggie Q and Lucy Hale), worst screenplay and worst remake.
Sia’s directorial debut Music, which was described by The Hollywood Reporter’s reviewer as a “sentimental atrocity so cringe-inducing it should come with an advisory warning for anyone with preexisting shoulder or back injuries,” grabbed a surprisingly low four nominations: worst film, worst director, worst actor (Kate Hudson) and worst supporting actress (Maddie Ziegler).
Alongside perennial Razzie contenders Adam Sandler and David Spade, Mike “The My Pillow Guy” Lindell scored a worst actor nomination for Absolute Proof, the wingnut conspiratorial documentary he self-financed that claims the 2020 election was “stolen” from three-time Razzie winner Donald Trump. The film is also among the contenders for worst film.
The full list of nominations is below.
Robert Downey, Jr. – Dolittle
Mike Lindell (the My Pillow guy) – Absolute Proof
Michele Morrone – 365 Days
Adam Sandler – Hubie Halloween
David Spade – The Wrong Missy
Anne Hathaway – The Last Thing He Wanted AND Roald Dahl’s The Witches
Katie Holmes – Brahms: The Boy II AND The Secret: Dare to Dream
Kate Hudson – Music
Lauren Lapkus – The Wrong Missy
Anna-Maria Sieklucka – 365 Days
Worst Supporting Actress
Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy
Lucy Hale – Fantasy Island
Maggie Q – Fantasy Island
Kristen Wiig – Wonder Woman 1984
Maddie Ziegler – Music
Worst Supporting Actor
Chevy Chase – The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee
Rudy Giuliani (as “Himself”) – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Shia LaBeouf – The Tax Collector
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Iron Mask
Bruce Willis – Breach, Hard Kill AND Survive the Night
Worst Screen Combo
Maria Bakalova & Rudy Giuliani (Yes, That Really IS Rudy Giuliani!) – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Robert Downey Jr. & His Utterly Unconvincing “Welsh” Accent – Dolittle
Harrison Ford & That Totally Fake-Looking CGI “Dog” – Call of the Wild
Lauren Lapkus & David Spade – The Wrong Missy
Adam Sandler & His Grating Simpleton Voice – Hubie Halloween
Charles Band – All 3 Barbie & Kendra movies
Barbara Bialowas & Tomasz Mandes – 365 Days
Stephen Gaghan – Dolittle
Ron Howard – Hillbilly Elegy
Sia – Music
All 3 Barbie & Kendra Movies
Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
365 Days (Polish Remake/Rip-Off of Fifty Shades of Grey)
Fantasy Island (Remake/”Re-Imagining”)
Hubie Halloween (Remake/Rip-Off of Ernest Scared Stupid)
Wonder Woman 1984 (Sequel)