- The Razzies return on Saturday, February 23rd to “celebrate” Hollywood’s worst films and performances
- A tight race is shaping up between Gotti, Holmes & Watson, and The Happytime Murders
- Will Ferrell, John Travolta, and Melissa McCarthy have earned the spotlight this year for all the wrong reasons
As we approach Oscars night, film fans are also waiting patiently with a sly tongue in their proverbial cheeks to see which of last year’s films will join the ranks of such, um, hits as Catwoman, Basic Instinct 2, and The Emoji Movie as this year’s Worst Picture at the Golden Raspberry (or Razzie) Awards.
This year, some really groan-worthy films are up for the trophy, led by a tight race between the bio crime drama Gotti starring John Travolta, and the wacky Muppets-gone-bad crime drama The Happytime Murders starring Melissa McCarthy. But as we head closer to awards night, the twisted Sherlock-style buddy comedy Holmes & Watson is gaining some major traction.
Odds to Win Worst Picture Award at the Razzies
|Nominees||Odds to Win Worst Picture at Razzie Awards|
|The Happytime Murders||+150|
|Holmes & Watson||+450|
Travolta’s Films Have a Long-Standing Razzie History
John Travolta’s association with the Razzies goes all the way back to 1983, when his performances in Staying Alive and Two of A Kind saw his first nominations for Worst Actor. Since then, he has won multiple times in different categories. Travolta is a much-lampooned Hollywood personality, so it makes sense that his fare is an easy target for the Razzies.
Gotti was critically panned, earning an almost unheard of 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a (hilarious) critical consensus reading, quite shortly: “Fuhgeddaboudit.”
Gotti was critically panned, earning an almost unheard of 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Whereas most films (even horrible ones) will earn themselves an articulated consensus that sums up the masses’ thoughts, in this case, it seems Gotti was so bad that it’s not even worth summarizing. Ouch.
Muppets, Detectives Could Sweep
McCarthy’s film The Happytime Murders is considered bad, but at least it had a unique spin that made it interesting. Directed by Brian Henson (son of Muppets creator Jim Henson), it had an authentic puppet-led cast that hit the nostalgia factor for Millennials.
Another nominee, Holmes & Watson, is almost intentionally bad, laced with the type of humor that Will Ferrell has become known for: a specific brand that some love, and many loathe. The Razzies tend to lean in more to fare that is unintentionally awful, like the Twilight franchise, for example.
The category’s final nominees seem to be trailing so far behind that they aren’t even worth considering. Helen Mirren’s Winchester and the reboot of Robin Hood are both so off people’s radar at this point, that it almost seems both are nominated here as empty seatholders.
Worst of the Worst
On Saturday, February 23rd, we will have our results. But, with McCarthy’s film being somewhat redeeming and Holmes having a few fun moments, it’s likely that Gotti will walk away with the Golden Raspberry trophy.
Pick: Gotti (+120)