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It’s a sin, cuzzie: Oscars’ ‘ugly cousin’ sticks it to lame films

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It’s a sin, cuzzie: Oscars’ ‘ugly cousin’ sticks it to lame films

‘Diana’, ‘Space Jam’, Jeanna de Waal, Jared Leto and Bruce Willis snag Razzie awards

Daniel Trotta
Roe Hartrampf and Jeanna de Waal, who received a Razzie for worst actress for her role in 'Diana: The Musical'.
JUST BAD Roe Hartrampf and Jeanna de Waal, who received a Razzie for worst actress for her role in 'Diana: The Musical'.
Image: Gaia Squarci/Reuters

A musical about Diana, Princess of Wales, and a remake of the semi-animated Space Jam starring LeBron James have taken home the most Razzies, the awards that skewer the year’s lamest films.

The Razzies announced the winners ahead of Sunday’s Academy Awards, handing out five prizes to Diana: The Musical, the film version of a Broadway production that closed in December after just 33 regular performances.

After its ignominious demise on stage, the film version snagged Razzies for worst picture, worst actress for Jeanna de Waal in the title role, worst supporting actress for Judy Kaye, and worst director for Christopher Ashley.

The Diana duo of Joe DiPietro and David Bryan claimed worst screenplay for what the Razzies called “some of the year’s most ridiculed dialogue and lyrics, including rhyming Camilla with ‘Manilla’ and ‘Godzilla’,” the Razzies said, announcing the winners.

Space Jam: A New Legacy won three Razzies: worst actor for James, worst rip-off or sequel and worst screen couple for James with any of the cartoon characters.

The movie put the NBA star, shot in live action, in a cosmic basketball game with Looney Tunes characters, remaking the 1996 original with Michael Jordan.

As usual, the Razzies ridiculed a former Oscar winner, naming Jared Leto worst supporting actor for his over-the-top performance as Paolo in House of Gucci.

The awards gave Bruce Willis his own special category, nominating him eight times for “Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie” in eight forgettable films. Cosmic Sin took the prize.

Four-time Razzie winner Will Smith received the only true honour, the redeemer award, for his role in King Richard, for which Smith is also nominated for a best actor Oscar.

The Razzies, the self-described “ugly cousin to the Oscars”, started in 1980 as the Golden Raspberry Awards, created by UCLA film school graduates and film industry veterans John JB Wilson and Mo Murphy.

More than 1,100 Razzie members from across the US and about two dozen other countries vote on the awards, according to the Razzie website.

— Reuters

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