What do Chris Brown, Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga have in common? Well, other than hordes of fans and incredibly successful music careers. All three artists received the dubious honor of a Razzie nomination Wednesday morning for their onscreen work in 2013.
Every year, the Razzies single out the worst performances in film as a counterpoint to the fanfare of more traditional awards ceremonies like the Oscars and Golden Globes. The tongue-in-cheek awards are nothing to be ashamed of — just like accidental farts, they happen to everyone. Celebrated actors such as Johnny Depp and Naomi Watts were nominated this year, and Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry have won Razzies in the past — and even cheerily stopped by to accept their statues in person.
We’d like to remind our more musically inclined friends who were hit today with nominations of that fact, as well as dig up some reviews from critics who were like, “you know what? That wasn’t so bad.”
When former Disney star Gomez told moviegoers to “Come and Get It” (“it” in this case being a movie ticket to “Getaway,” which she starred in opposite Ethan Hawke), most were like, “nah.” The action movie has a score of 2 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed only $10.5 million domestically, with nearly half of that earned in the opening weekend. Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader, however, was OK with the movie, calling it a “latter-day B movie” and “rather fun.” Sel, take that along with your Worst Actress Razzie nom (and a grain of salt).
Lady Gaga raked in a Worst Supporting Actress nomination for her work in “Machete Kills,” a film that garnered a 30 percent approval rate from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. David “Mad Dog” Bradley, in his review on Rip It Up, hails Gaga for “sporting a serious wedgie” in one scene, while Jim Schembri at 3aw gave the film “Applause,” calling it a “loud, fun, ultra-violent sequel.”
Chris Brown pulled out his dancing shoes — and a Worst Supporting Actor nomination — for “Battle of the Year” in September. While it wasn’t hailed by any means, as the Film of the Year with an impressively low 4 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the best New York Daily News critic Jordan Hoffman could say about Brown — whom he points out is a convicted felon — was that he played his part with “reasonable believability,” the film still has a “good-natured ’Afterschool Special’ vibe.” Take what you can get, Mr. Brown.
What do you think of the Razzie nominations? Were these musicians really that bad?