Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Mommie Dearest Vs. The Lonely Lady
As we head into the second round of the Best Worst Picture game, we’re time warping back to the early days of the Golden Raspberry Awards when Faye Dunaway and Pia Zadora were regular nominees for Worst Actress. We’re kicking off round two with Mommie Dearest vs. The Lonely Lady.
But before we dive into new business, we have to close the books on round one. Based on the comments, voters didn’t seem to fond of Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey. The latter came out as the winner with over 60% of the votes. But that feels less like an endorsement of the erotic drama than a condemnation. Regardless of the reasoning behind the votes, Fifty Shades of Grey advances to round two where it will face not one, but two Lindsay Lohans.
It’s generally accepted that Mommie Dearest derailed Faye Dunaway’s movie career. It’s certainly the movie that associated the actress with campy material. But the truth is, Dunaway was a Razzie target before she ever screamed about wire hangers. She was among the ten actresses nominated in the lead category in the very first Razzie ceremony in 1980. Dunaway was nominated for The First Deadly Sin, but she lost to Brooke Shields who was up for The Blue Lagoon.
The following year, Dunaway tied with Bo Derek for Worst Actress. Dunaway won for Mommie Dearest of course and Derek was awarded for Tarzan, the Ape Man. Those first three winners would become Razzie regulars throughout the eighties. Even in the nineties as the leading roles dried up, Razzie voters nominated Shields, Dunaway and Derek any time they popped up in a supporting role. Dunaway ended up with four Worst Actress nominations but only one win.
Pia Zadora never really had a career to derail. Her wealthy husband tried to buy her a movie career, but it never took off. He financed a couple of movies for his young wife to star in, but the only people who paid them any attention were the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press whom he wined and dined in order to win his wife a Golden Globe and Razzie voters who required no such treatment to nominate Zadora.
Zadora won Worst Actress for her first starring role in Butterfly in 1982. None of the Big Three (Shields, Dunaway or Derek) were nominated that year. She repeated the following year for The Lonely Lady which racked up an impressive Razzie count. Zadora beat out Dunaway in 1983 when Dunaway was nominated for The Wicked Lady (not to be confused with the lady who was lonely). Bad year for ladies I guess.
Which lady do you want to see advance to the semi-finals?