Actors love winning most awards except for one. The Razzies – short for the Golden Raspberry Awards – celebrate the best of the worst in Hollywood. They are the self-proclaimed “ugly cousin to the Oscars” that honor “the worst of cinematic under-achievements” of the year.
Actor Bruce Willis was awarded a Razzie on Saturday but now in the wake of his family announcing the actor’s aphasia diagnosis, the organization will be rescinding his award.
“If someone’s medical condition is a factor in their decision making and/or their performance, we acknowledge that it is not appropriate to give them a Razzie,” co-founders John J.B. Wilson and Mo Murphy said in a statement (via IndieWire).
This year’s Razzies categories included a special “worst performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie” category with all eight movies he made on the docket. Willis won for “Cosmic Sin” which was described as “more Bruce Willis than any starving viewer could stomach.”
The satirical Razzies are already slightly controversial, and Willis is no stranger to winning them. According to NJ.com, the actor has two Razzies already plus 20 nominations from his decades-long career. This is the first time the “Die Hard” star was awarded his own category.
The 67-year-old actor’s family announced he would be retiring from acting in 2022 due to medical challenges. Rumer Willis, the eldest daughter of Demi Moore and Willis, shared her father’s diagnosis in an Instagram post.
“… our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” she wrote in part. “As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”
Willis isn’t the only one getting his Razzie award rescinded.
The organization also announced that it was taking back its nomination of Shelley Duvall for her performance in “The Shining,” who received a nomination 42 years ago, NBC News reported.
“We have since discovered that Duvall’s performance was impacted by Stanley Kubrick’s treatment of her throughout the production,” the award co-founders shared in a statement.
This was done in response to an interview Duvall did with The Hollywood Reporter last year detailing her “traumatic” experience shooting “The Shining” with Kubrick.
“Knowing the backstory and the way that Stanley Kubrick kind of pulverized her, I would take that back,” Murphy said. “We’re willing to say, ‘Yeah, maybe that shouldn’t have been nominated.’ Everybody makes mistakes. That’s being human.”
Social media followers used the announcement as an opportunity to mock the Razzies for existing in the first place.
“The Razzies are truly sorry for #BruceWillis diagnosed condition. Perhaps this explains why he wanted to go out with a bang in 2021. Our best wishes to Bruce and family,” the official Razzie Awards account shared on Twitter. In a follow-up, it posted, “To clarify, we heard about Willis’ diagnosis at the same time everyone else did…just this morning.”
“Honestly this is too little, too late,” one follower replied.
“While they’re at it, they should rescind the Razzies,” another agreed.
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