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November 9, 2015 at 7:52 am #197615
Looking back on “Mommie Dearet,” I’m surprised that it won so many Razzie Awards. Not just the standard Worst Picture, but also Worst Picture of the Decade and Worst ‘Drama’ of Our First 25 Years. What gives? Did the biopic deserve all those hard knocks or is it a diamond in the rough?November 9, 2015 at 7:57 am #197617
As a refresher, “Mommie Dearest” won Worst Picture of the 80s, “Showgirls” won Worst Picture of the 90s and “Battlefield Earth” won Worst Picture of the 00s. I can’t find what film won Worst Picture of the 10s … hmm.November 9, 2015 at 9:14 am #197618
No! It did not deserve any of its Razzie wins. Yes it’s over the top and campy but that’s what you have to love about it! It is not nearly as bad as Showgirls and DEFINITELY not as awful as Battlefield Earth. And is it as bad as Howard the Duck?! No. It certainly wasn’t the worst movie of the 80’sNovember 9, 2015 at 9:39 am #197619
Nope. There’s already so little reason for these “awards” to exist, but if you can’t distinguish bad movies from great camp, even 25 years later(?!), you shouldn’t be the group deciding these things (ditto Spice World, helloooo).
The 80s had PLENTY of its share of poorly made, offensive, and downright dumb movies that aren’t even good enough to be considered camp.November 9, 2015 at 11:01 am #197621
No and Faye shouldn’t have “won” a razzie for it either. She should have had either Kate’s second or fourth Oscars.November 9, 2015 at 11:46 am #197622
Dunaway actually came in second at the NYFC awards for Best Actress. That was an odd situation. The film became something people loved to make fun of. In actuallity Dunway got some great reviews. Even Pauline Kael loved her.November 9, 2015 at 12:25 pm #197623
^ Pauline Kael often loved critically panned films while disliking a lot of the acclaimed stuff, without being an self-touting contrarian about it (unlike Armond White). It’s what made her such a great critic, though I still find her opinions of some of Kubrick’s films quite hard to take.
I’ve never wanted to see Mommie Dearest more than I do now.November 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm #197624
I do think the Razzies are great to have but some of their choices can get eye roll worthy. Like anytime a singer does acting does not need to get nominated (Gaga in Machete Kills where she spoke for 2 seconds before being shot at). Though Dunaway wasn’t Oscar worthy by any means, she did not deserve the Razzie. I also don’t think highly of this being their 2nd year in existence so I think they were still trying to find their brand. The 90’s and early 2000’s have a better showcase of the worst of each year. Now it is just who had the most flops in a year or anyone that works with Adam SandlerNovember 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm #197625
I know, myself being a Razzie voter, have tried to explain how Mommie Dearest didn’t deserve any Razzie nominations, let alone wins, yet some of the members just didn’t get it, claiming it “glorifies” child abuse! LOLNovember 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm #197626
I think if Dunaway would have just gotten that expected Oscar nom over surprise nominee Susan Sarandon, the blow to her career would have been somewhat softened. It’s a brilliant performance. At least it made AFI’s top villains list!November 10, 2015 at 6:53 am #197627
Dunaway was never in on the joke. She takes herself far too seriously. It’s a wonder she ever even agreed to the project with that sh*tty script attached to it. Faye refused to even mention the film by name for years, until recently she realized her bank account could use some replenishing, and decided to “write” a book about her experience on the film. And yes, she did believe she would be an Oscar contender. She apparently mentioned it several times on set.
Speaking of Dunaway — She had the best streak of good luck of any actress in the late 60s to early 70s. She was well on her way to becoming a living legend, and she blew her chance with that attitude, her sense of entitlement, and an alleged narcotics problem. True, she was brilliant when she was on her A Game, but no one was willing to put up with all of her antics to get that final product. She was practically black balled after so long.November 10, 2015 at 7:20 am #197628
I really want her to make a comeback. She is such a fantastic actress that deserved way betterNovember 10, 2015 at 8:03 am #197629
Amen, Kyle Bailey.November 11, 2015 at 4:43 am #197630
To put it in the words of Blanche Hudson, Joan Crawford’s character on “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” about her on-screen sister: “She’s emotionally distrurbed. She’s unbalanced”. That perfectly sums up “Mommie Dearest” – emotionally disturbed and unbalanced. It’s also the most infamous out of the all 1980s winners. But it was way better than “Howard Duck” at least.