Razzie Awards 2023: Tom Hanks, ‘Blonde’ and ‘Morbius’ are nominated

Tom Hank’s recent hit film Elvis is an Oscars frontrunner, but he was left all shook up on 23 January as he earned three nominations from the Razzie Awards for 2023, which “celebrate” the year’s worst films.

Hanks was short-listed by the tongue-in-cheek awards for his roles as Presley’s manager in the rock ‘n’ roll biopic Elvis, and Geppetto in Disney’s critically slated live-action Pinocchio remake.

A press release from organisers of the Razzies dubbed Hanks’ Elvis role as “2022’s most widely derided performance,” and piled on a further nomination for “worst screen couple” to “Tom Hanks & His Latex-Laden Face (and Ludicrous Accent).” While Elvis and its star Austin Butler have generally received acclaim, Hanks’ appearance as his exploitative manager Colonel Tom Parker was panned by many critics.

A New York Times review said Hanks appears “with a mountain of prosthetic goo, a bizarre accent and a yes-it’s-really-me twinkle in his eyes,” and portrays Parker as “part small-time grifter, part full-blown Mephistopheles.”

Tom Hanks Elvis
Image credit: IMDb

Disney’s Pinocchio was among five “worst picture” nominees for the annual Golden Raspberry — or Razzie — awards, as was the controversial Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde. Also in the running were regular Razzies punching bag Jared Leto, and his Spider-Man spinoff Morbius.

Just last year, Leto was named worst supporting actor for his flamboyant performance — complete with a campy Italian accent and heavy prosthetics — in House of Gucci. The Razzies are usually announced the day before the Oscars, serving to mock the following night’s self-congratulatory Tinseltown back-slapping.

But last year, the Razzies themselves were left embarrassed, after jokingly creating a new category labelled “Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie” to accommodate all of the former Die Hard star’s questionable output.

Organisers rescinded the prize after his family revealed Willis suffered from a cognitive illness called aphasia.

Razzies issued an apology on 25 January 2023 for nominating 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong in the Worst Actress category for the 2023 awards. In a statement, Razzies co-founder John B. Wilson said that Armstrong’s name has been removed from the Final Ballot. The group added that moving forward Razzies will only nominate 18 years old or older.

This year’s Razzie Award winners will be announced a day before the Oscars, on March 11.

The complete list of Razzie Awards 2023 nominations

Worst Picture

  • Blonde

  • Disney’s Pinocchio

  • Good Mourning

  • The King’s Daughter

  • Morbius

Worst Actor

  • Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly), Good Mourning

  • Pete Davidson (Voice Only), Marmaduke

  • Tom Hanks (As Gepetto), Disney’s Pinocchio

  • Jared Leto, Morbius

  • Sylvester Stallone, Samaritan

Worst Actress

  • Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic Park: Dominion

  • Diane Keaton, Mack & Rita

  • Kaya Scodelario, The King’s Daughter

  • Alicia Silverstone, The Requin

Worst Remake/Rip-off/Sequel

  • Blonde

  • BOTH 365 Days Sequels – 365 Days: This Day & The Next 365 Days [a Razzie BOGO]

  • Disney’s Pinocchio

  • Firestarter

  • Jurassic World: Dominion

Worst Supporting Actress

  • Adria Arjona, Morbius

  • Lorraine Bracco (Voice Only), Disney’s Pinocchio

  • Penelope Cruz, The 355

  • Bingbing Fan, The 355 & The King’s Daughter

  • Mira Sorvino, Lamborghini: The Man Behind the Legend

Worst Supporting Actor

  • Pete Davidson (Cameo Role), Good Mourning

  • Tom Hanks, Elvis

  • Xavier Samuel, Blonde

  • Mod Sun, Good Mourning

  • Evan Williams, Blonde

Worst Screen Couple

  • Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) & Mod Sun, Good Mourning

  • Both Real Life Characters in the Fallacious White House Bedroom Scene, Blonde

  • Tom Hanks & His Latex-Laden Face (and Ludicrous Accent), Elvis

  • Andrew Dominik & His Issues with Women, Blonde

  • The Two 365 Days Sequels (both Released in 2022)

Worst Director

  • Judd Apatow, The Bubble

  • Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) & Mod Sun, Good Mourning

  • Andrew Dominik, Blonde

  • Daniel Espinosa, Morbius

  • Robert Zemeckis, Disney’s Pinocchio

Worst Screenplay

  • Blonde / Written for the Screen by Andrew Dominik, Adapted from the “Bio-Novel” by Joyce Carol Oates

  • Disney’s Pinocchio / Screenplay by Robert Zemeckis & Chris Weitz (Not Authorized by the Estate of Carlo Collodi)

  • Good Mourning / “Written” by Machine Gun Kelly & Mod Sun

  • Jurassic World: Dominion / Screenplay by Emily Carmichael & Colin Treverrow, Story by Treverrow & Derek Connolly

  • Morbius / Screen Story and Screenplay by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless

This story is published via AFP Relaxnews.

(Hero image credit: Mark Ralston/AFP; Feature image credit: IMDb)

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