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Cats nearly swept the Razzies this year, which shouldn't really surprise anyone at this point. The surprising aspect is that they were actually able to announce the awards. The event usually takes place the night before the Academy Awards, but since that event took place so early, the Razzies weren't ready. So, they planned on having their ceremony over this past weekend, which obviously got cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. California, along with other states, is recommending that gatherings with more than 50 people should be avoided at all costs. Instead of a ceremony, we have a video announcing all of this year's winners.
The 40th anniversary Razzie Awards is called the Lock Down Edition. Tom Hooper's Cats was always going to be the main contender and it took home the most awards out of any 2019 movies. In total, the CGI cat nightmare musical took home five awards including, Worst Picture, Worst Director for Hooper, and Worst Supporting Actor and Actress for stars James Corden and Rebel Wilson, respectively. Cordon recently revealed he hasn't even seen the movie, while Judi Dench, who also hasn't seen the movie, was excited for her Razzie nomination. Too bad she lost.googletag.cmd.pushfunction ;
John Travolta took home the Worst Actor award for The Fanatic and Trading Paint, which is kind of crazy. As it turns out, this isn't Travolta's first time taking home the Razzie for Worst Actor. His first was for 2000's Battlefield Earth. A lot of people may disagree with The Fanatic because it's actually a lot better than it has any business being. Director Fred Durst did a pretty good job with it and Travolta was perfect for the role. Hilary Duff was named Worst Actress for her performance in last year's The Haunting of Sharon Tate.
Rambo: Last Blood went on to blaze new trails at the Razzies this year. The movie won Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel and a new award, Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property. The Sylvester Stallone-starring movie was criticized by many for the over the top violence, while some actually enjoyed every minute of it. Stallone was pretty happy with the way it turned out, but it was far from the box office smash he was hoping for.
Eddie Murphy earned this year's Razzie Redeemer Award, which given to a past Razzie nominee or winner who has bounced back. Murphy won for Netflix's Dolemite Is My Name. Murphy probably should have gotten some Academy Award recognition for the movie, but that didn't end up happening. The same can be said for Adam Sandler who was could've been nominated for Uncut Gems. While the Razzies weren't able to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a huge ceremony, they were able to put together a pretty humorous video, which you can watch in its entirety below, thanks to the Razzie YouTube channel.
A rumor cropped up online recently that Cats, Tom Hooper‘s huge flop featuring horny cat people introducing themselves for 110 minutes, originally had CGI buttholes on all the feline behinds. And even though Cats is already a fever-dream to begin with, we weren’t entirely sure how much credence to lend that story. Now, an intrepid journalist has done the legwork, and turned up the true story of the Cats butthole cut.
It’s official: the Cats butthole cut did, indeed, exist. The Daily Beast has the scoop, and let’s just say the true story is even wilder than we could’ve predicted. Per their report, Cats was halfway complete when someone finally noticed the buttholes. “We paused it,” a source who worked on the film’s visual effects said. “We went to call our supervisor, and we’re like, ‘There’s a fucking asshole in there! There’s buttholes!’ It wasn’t prominent but you saw it… And you [were] just like, ‘What the hell is that?… There’s a fucking butthole in there.’ It wasn’t in your face—but at the same time, too, if you’re looking, you’ll see it.”
What the hell is that, indeed. The source goes on to state that no one flat-out ordered buttholes added to the digital cat people – it just sort of happened. They materialized organically – as buttholes do sometimes. Unfortunately, when the buttholes started to be noticed, it fell upon one visual effects artist to go through and erase every sphincter.
Beyond the story of the butthole cut, The Daily Beast story paints a portrait of a terrible behind-the-scenes process for the visual effects folks working on the film. One source even goes so far as to compare it to “slavery.” And director Tom Hooper only made things worse, primarily because he didn’t seem to understand how VFX even worked:
Before visual effects artists fully render sequences for animated films, they normally show directors playblasts—preview renderings that feature characters without color or texture. That allows the director to evaluate the motion before hours of work are done to flesh out things like color, texture, and lighting. Hooper, however, did not seem to grasp that process. Any time the visual effects team wanted to show the director any animatics, the source said, they had to fully render it. Otherwise, he’d say things like, “What’s this garbage?” and “I don’t understand— where’s the fur?”
Sources describe Hooper as “disrespectful,” “demeaning,” “condescending,” and “horrible,” and add that he talked to everyone like “garbage.” In short, the experience of working with Hooper does not seem like it was the cat’s pajamas. It wasn’t even the cat’s meow.