Razzie shortlist hits 'Burlesque,' but not as hard as possible
Good movies are forever overlooked for the Oscars, but somehow “Burlesque” hasn’t been shortlisted for the top award in Hollywood’s lowliest honors, the Razzie Awards.
The critically drubbed Christina Aguilera-Cher musical wasn’t completely snubbed in nominating ballots mailed to Razzie voters: “Burlesque” is a finalist for worst screenplay, worst director, worst supporting actor (Cam Gigandet), worst supporting actress (Kristen Bell and Cher) and worst actress (Aguilera).
But the movie was spared from being nominated for the annual booby prize of worst picture. The finalists for that dishonor, with nominations set to be announced Jan. 24, are “The Bounty Hunter,” “Clash of the Titans,” “The Expendables,” “Grown Ups,” “Jonah Hex,” “Killers,” “The Last Airbender,” “Little Fockers,” “Sex and the City 2,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Vampires Suck” and “Yogi Bear.”
Overseen by writer John Wilson, the Razzies are adding a new category for bad work in 2010: worst eye-gouging misuse of 3-D. Among those eligible films: “Piranha 3D,” “The Nutcracker in 3D” and “Resident Evil: Afterlife.”
Among movies and actors shortlisted for the Razzies are Jessica Alba, who is eligible for worst supporting actress for four films (“The Killer Inside Me,” “Little Fockers,” “Machete” and “Valentine’s Day”), and Emily Blunt, eligible in the same category for her work in “The Wolfman” and “Gulliver’s Travels.”
George Lopez is a contender for worst supporting actor for his performances in “Marmaduke,” “The Spy Next Door” and “Valentine’s Day.” Mickey Rourke has been singled out in the same category for “The Expendables” and “Iron Man 2.”
Angelina Jolie, nominated for a lead comedy actress Golden Globe for “The Tourist,” also is up for a worst actress Razzie for the same performance.
Last year, Sandra Bullock actually attended the Razzie ceremony, collecting her worst actress prize for “All About Steve” the same year she won the lead actress Oscar for “The Blind Side.”
— John Horn
Cher and Christina Aguilera in "Burlesque." Credit: Stephen Vaughan/Screen Gems.