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The Razzies are Coming, and They Have Cats!

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By Wednesday Lee Friday

The Razzies are, in some ways, the White House Correspondent's Dinner of films. It's that fun time of year that we get together to stop saying, "My Gods, that movie sucked," and start saying, "Let's give that movie an award for how much it sucked!"

The Razzies have included some great moments over the years. Who can forget Halle Berry actually showing up and accepting her award for Catwoman?

This year, the Razzies are sure to thrill, delight, and annoy due to the niche popularity of the films nominated.

Razzies So White? No way!

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When the Academy Award nominations come out, the demographics of the nominees are often discussed. With the Oscars, there's a scorecard being kept listing the nominees of color, LGBTQ, and other traditionally marginalized demographics.

Should the Razzies endure a similar scrutiny? Nope! For better or worse, noted mover and shaker Tyler Perry is nominated for Worst Director, Worst Actress--Twice--as he's nominated for two roles in the same film, Worst OnScreen Chemistry, and just generally appearing to suck when we all know he doesn't.

The Lucky Leading Nominees!

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The films that lead the nominations for this year's Razzie Awards include Cats, Rambo: Last Blood, and the latest Medea installment.

This is curious for several reasons. Cats has been a beloved theatrical experience for decades. And there's literally nothing that the internet loves more than cats.

Rambo movies also have had a built-in fanbase since the first movie debuted in the 80s. Sly himself is an Oscar-winning writer (he wrote Rocky himself). So what happened? Like most Americans, we haven't seen it so we don't know.

Who Else is Nominated?

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Worst Picture nominees include Rambo: Last Blood, A Medea Family Funeral, The Fanatic, Cats, and The Haunting of Sharon Tate.

Worst Actresses include Tyler Perry--not sure we agree with that categorization), Rebel Wilson, Francesca Hayward, Hilary Duff, and Anne Hathaway. Nearly half of these women are utterly delightful!

Worst Actor nods include Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta, James Franco, David Harbour, and Matthew McConaughey.

Worst Director nominees are, for the most part, a bunch of names you aren't familiar with. If you do know them, it's not as a director. Fred Durst, James Franco, Tom Hooper, Neil Marshall, and Adrian Grunberg are all nominated for this unprestigious honor.

Isn't This Sorta Mean?


Since its inception, The Razzies, and the Golden Raspberry Award has been the subject of heated debate.

Before Twitter, film fans wondered if it was really okay to point out how bad an artist's work was. Jeering at a creative's hard work just doesn't seem very nice.

The Razzies though, seem to sidestep accusations of malice. The award show itself is amusing, well attended, and feels respectful in an odd way. We can't say if Sly Stallone, Tyler Perry, or the cast of Cats will have time to attend. But The Razzies are still a god watch!

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