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Box Office Bomb 'Cats' Won Big at the 2020 Razzies

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By Ben Robinson III

In the world of theater Cats is a beloved classic musical that had a very successful run both on Broadway and on London's historic West End. In the world of movies, Cats was a huge disaster that many could not wait to pan once it premiered late last year. And now, Cats has solidified its place within cinematic history as one of the worse films ever made with its almost perfect sweep during the annual celebration of WTF? movies, the Razzie Awards.

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As a background for what exactly the Golden Raspberry Awards entails (aka The Razzies) it all started in 1981 when publicist John B. Wilson decided to throw a potluck to discuss which was the worse movie he had seen that year. Inviting a few friends over to help celebrate, the Razzies eventually became an annual event as talk about the off kilter awards ceremony made its round with local press. And it has become the answer to the opulence of the Academy Awards since that time.

Wikipedia reports;

Approximately three dozen people came to the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards.[6] The 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards had double the attendance, and the 3rd awards ceremony had doubled that number.[6] By the 4th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, CNN and two major wire services covered the event.[3] "We finally figured out you couldn't compete with the Oscars on Oscar night, but if you went the night before, when the press from all over the world are here and they are looking for something to do, it could well catch on," Wilson told BBC News.[3]

Now in its fortieth year the Razzies continues to hold Hollywood accountable for their truly terrible movies by honoring flops and misfires. And one of the biggest flops of 2019 was, indeed, the film adaptation of Cats starring Taylor Swift, James Corden and a bunch of other stars that probably regret being a part of that film. Joblo reports that Cats was the clear winner at this year's ceremony, taking home a few trophies including the award for Worst Picture.

The film was nominated for nine Razzie Awards and wound up taking home six, including Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor (James Corden), Worst Supporting Actress (Rebel Wilson), Worst Screen Combo (Any Two Half-Feline/Half-Human Hairballs), Worst Screenplay (Lee Hall & Tom Hooper), and Worst Director (Tom Hooper).

But it wasn't all bad. There was at least one redeeming award given to former Razzie award winner Eddie Murphy, who won Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Supporting Actress for his roles in Norbit. He has finally achieved the highly coveted Razzie Redeemer Award for his critically acclaimed performance in Netflix's Dolemite is My Name. Congrats to all the winners....perhaps?

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