If you’ve been anywhere near any website that is even remotely connected to movies or entertainment, you know that the big story of the day is that the annual Oscar nominations came out this morning. There’s a near endless supply of analysis to be found, lists of surprises and snubs and WTF choices (I’m just glad I now live in a world where a Mad Max movie could potentially win the Best Picture Oscar), and much more.
But there’s a curious subset, too, those who are up for an Academy Award, and those who are simultaneously nominated for a Razzie, a kind of anti-Oscar. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this year there are three who fall into this category: Rooney Mara, Eddie Redmayne, and Simon Kinberg.
Oscar Nominated For: Carol, Best Supporting Actress
Despite there being some controversy that she should be nominated in the Lead Actress category, Rooney Mara delivers a truly stunning performance in Todd Haynes 1950s set tale of forbidden love, Carol, playing a shop girl who falls for an older socialite woman, played by Cate Blanchett.
Razzie Nominated For: Pan, Worst Supporting Actress
Critics everywhere panned Joe Wright’s Peter Pan origin tale Pan for a variety of reasons. For her part, Mara, who plays Tiger Lily, came under fire for having a white actress play the friend of Peter Pan, who also happens to be the daughter of a Native chief.
Oscar Nominated For: The Danish Girl, Best Actor
Playing the part of Lili Elbe, the early 20th Century painter who was one of the first to undergo gender reassignment surgery, Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar last year for The Theory of Everything, delivers a truly transformative performance in The Danish Girl.
Razzie Nominated For: Jupiter Ascending, Worst Supporting Actor
Playing a petulant, intergalactic business mogul and heir to a wealthy, powerful space family in the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending, Redmayne alternates between hushed, almost bored sounding whispers as bat-shit crazy, spittle-flying, forehead-vein-pulsating shrieks of rage, with almost nothing in between the two extremes.
Oscar Nominated For: The Martian, Best Picture
Serving as a producer on Ridley Scott’s space survival epic, The Martian, Simon Kinberg helped usher in one of the most entertaining, thrilling, well received movies of 2015, as illustrated by seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
Razzie Nominated For: - Fantastic Four, Worst Screenplay
As the writer of Fox’s ill-conceived Fantastic Four, which was a disaster on almost every level, and likely to go down as one of the worst, or at least most hated superhero movies of all time, Kinberg did none of those things. Though not entirely his fault, he may have had a hand in killing any chance Marvel’s First Family has of being a big screen player for the foreseeable future.
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