Lindsay Lohan's buzzed-about performance of Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's telefilm "Liz & Dick" is tailor-made for the Razzie Awards. In fact, this two-time Razzie winner (Lohan tied herself as Lead Actress in "I Know Who Killed Me," 2007) encompasses nearly everything the Razzies look for in a performance.
The only problem? "Liz & Dick" is ineligible because it was made for television.
John Wilson, founder of the Golden Raspberry Awards, told Gold Derby, "If this had been a 'real' movie, as opposed to being made for cable, Lohan would be a shoo-in for a Worst Actress Razzie nomination." Strong words from the Razzies head honcho, but he didn't stop there.
After watching "Liz & Dick," Wilson told us, "Wow, whatta train wreck! At least the actor playing Burton [Grant Bowler] made an effort -- Lohan didn't bother doing much beyond just showing up to the make-up trailer and putting on wigs."
He finished his review by declaring Lohan's performance "utterly vacuous" and "embarrassing" -- two great qualities the Razzies look for every year when choosing their winners.
Wilson was hardly alone in his critique of Lohan. Ken Tucker (EW.com) wrote, "Taylor and Burton deserved better, and Lohan should have shed her protective shell and stepped up her game." Maureen Ryan (Huffington Post) found a somewhat-positive spin: "Lohan might actually be able to manage a comeback someday, but she's woefully miscast in this." And Matt Roush (TVGuide.com) snarked, "Even deep breaths seem too much to ask of Lindsay Lohan these days, let alone capturing the essence of an exotic film goddess who reigned for years as a superstar sex symbol."
It seems highly unlikely the Emmys will embrace Lohan or the telefilm at next year's ceremony. But what about the Golden Globes?
Don't forget, Globe voters love controvery and there always seems to be one or two head-scratchers on their ballot. Might Lohan or Bowler find themselves nominated next month by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.?