Pierce Brosnan celebrates his 64th today. He graduated from the Drama Centre London and worked in English theater for several years. American audiences first became aware of him when he starred as the title character of the detective/romance series Remington Steele. During the show’s run he was also nominated for a Golden Globe for the BBC/Masterpiece Theater miniseries Nancy Astor. When the series ended, he had a few prominent film roles, including an adaptation of Frederick Forsyth’s The Fourth Protocol, but it wasn’t until 1995 that his career-defining part came along.
The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke. Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended. Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition. In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year. But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call. We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.
The thirty-fifth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2014. American Sniper and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 were the top movies of the year. Birdman won Best Picture and director Alejandro G. Iñárritu won his first of two consecutive Best Director statues. The top acting prizes went to Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore. The Razzies were launching their own war on Christmas – or at least Kirk Cameron.
In the What the Hell Happened series, I take the long view of an actor or actress’ career. That series explores whether or not an actor or actress ever reached the A-list. If not, why not? If so, what happened? There is a full career arc from unknown to household name to What the Hell Happened subject. In this series, which I am simply calling A-list, my focus is not on what happened but on what is happening right now and what may happen in the future. Sure, that’s going to involve looking back on what brought us to this point. But the focus is primarily on the now. My subjects will be actors or actresses whose status has recently shifted up or down. Some of them may be A-listers who have suffered a set-back. Others may be A-list hopefuls. Read the rest of this entry