Razzies withdraws Bruce Willis’s worst performance award after being diagnosed with aphasia

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A day after Bruce Willis’ family revealed the actor had aphasia, the Golden Raspberry Awards have withdrawn the actor’s recent disgrace. The Razzies are also taking back their nomination from Shelley Duvall for her performance in “The Shining,” which was one of the nominees at the first-ever Razzie Awards 42 years ago.

This year’s Razzies, which were handed out on Saturday, will include a special category just for Willis, “Bruce Willis’s Worst Performance in a 2021 Movie,” focusing on the eight critically reviled titles he starred in last year; he won for ‘Cosmic Sin’. Just four days later, the 67-year-old actor’s family broke the news of his medical condition, a disease caused by brain damage that affects a person’s cognitive and communication skills.

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The unfortunate timing led to renewed criticism of the Razzies, which emphasized cinematic misfires, underperformance, and failures. Organizers told IndieWire on Wednesday they were considering options for responding to news of Willis’ diagnosis. On Thursday morning, co-founders John JB Wilson and Mo Murphy announced their decision in the statement below:

After much thought and consideration, the Razzies have made the decision to withdraw the Razzie Award given to Bruce Willis due to his recently disclosed diagnosis.

If someone’s medical condition is a factor in their decision making and/or performance, we recognize that it is not appropriate to give them a Razzie.

As we mentioned in a Vulture Interview recently, there are extenuating circumstances for Shelley Duvall in “The Shining”. We’ve since learned that Duvall’s performance was influenced by Stanley Kubrick’s treatment of her during production. We would like to take this opportunity to withdraw that nomination as well.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday evening that Willis’s staff had been concerned for years about his declining cognitive state: they questioned whether he was fully aware of his surroundings and expressed concern about his memory, as he needed an earpiece to learn his rules. to remember.

As for Duvall, recent information has also shed new light on her Razzie-nominated performance. Wilson and Murphy told Vulture last month that they are sticking with their nomination of “The Shining” in 1980, the inaugural year of the Razzies, although Murphy expressed regret over star Duvall’s nomination for Worst Actress.

“If I knew the backstory and the way Stanley Kubrick sort of pulverized her, I’d take that back,” Murphy said. “We’re willing to say, ‘Yeah, maybe that shouldn’t have been nominated.’ Everyone makes mistakes, that’s being human.”

They withdrew that nomination on Thursday. Duvall has been public in recent years about what she believes to be abusive behavior from ‘The Shining’ director Stanley Kubrick, and the emotional toll the film has taken on the actress is captured in the documentary ‘Making ‘The Shining’, Kubrik’s daughter, Vivian.’

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