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The Golden Raspberry Awards —popularly known as the Razzies— have been awarding the worst of the year in the film industry since 1981. What began as a parody of the Oscars, has become a reference in the world of cinema.
The Razzies become especially relevant when the same film gets nominations for “serious” awards such as the Oscars or the Golden Globes, but also for the satire of the Razzies, which could be a sign of the growing ideological polarization at the cultural field.
The Razzies, apart from the fun they provide, also serve to uncover the hypocrisy of the specialized critics and Hollywood as a whole, increasingly ideologized and disconnected from the public, and more concerned with being political agents than with entertaining.
This year, the clearest example of this dissonance is Blonde, the fake biography of Marilyn Monroe, which is by far the most nominated for the Razzies, but is also on the Oscars list thanks to the nomination of Ana de Armas for Best Actress.
That a film so horrendous and fallacious to the point of insulting managed to make it into the Oscar and Golden Globe nominations is a consolation prize it did not deserve.
Many will say that Ana de Armas’ performance does deserve praise and shouldn’t be tarnished by the rest of the film, but it’s enough of an award for her not to have been nominated at the Razzies for Worst Actress for Blonde.
That Netflix had the consolation of seeing Blonde present at the Oscars and Golden Globes is a pat on the back that can only be explained by the film’s political message of support for the MeToo movement and feminist rhetoric.
Hollywood has begrudgingly nominated films like Top Gun: Maverick for saving the industry after the financial scare of pandemic shutdowns, but filmmakers should learn their lesson and stop playing politics and stick to entertaining, lest people stop going to the movies even if there are no shutdowns or confinements.
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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