Tom Hanks was left shaken on Monday after receiving three nominations from the Razzies, which “celebrate” the year’s worst films. Hanks’ recent successful picture “Elvis” is a frontrunner for an Oscar, but the Razzies “celebrate” the year’s worst films.
Hanks was nominated for the tongue-in-cheek awards for his roles as Presley’s manager in the rock ‘n’ roll biography “Elvis” and Geppetto in Disney’s critically acclaimed live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio.”
“Tom Hanks & His Latex-Coated Face (and Ludicrous Accent)” was nominated for “worst screen couple” in a Razzies press release, which called Hanks’ “Elvis” performance “the most widely derided performance of 2022.”
While “Elvis” and its lead actor Austin Butler have gained widespread acclaim, Hanks’ performance as Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’ exploitative manager, was criticized by many critics.
Hanks emerges “with a mountain of prosthetic goo, a bizarre accent, and a yes-it’s-really-me twinkle in his eyes” and portrays Parker as “part small-time con man, part full-blown Mephistopheles,” according to a New York Times review.
“Disney’s Pinocchio” and the controversial Marilyn Monroe biography “Blonde” were among the five nominees for the annual Golden Raspberry — or Razzie — awards for “worst picture.”
Regular Razzies punching bag Jared Leto and his Spider-Man spinoff “Morbius” were also nominated.
Last year, Leto was awarded the worst supporting actor for his showy performance in “House of Gucci,” complete with a campy Italian accent and excessive prosthetics.
The Razzies are often announced the day before the Academy Awards to lampoon Hollywood’s self-congratulation the following evening.
Last year, however, the Razzies embarrassed themselves by playfully introducing a new category titled “Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Film” to fit all of the former “Die Hard” actor’s poor work.
The reward was revoked after his family disclosed that Willis suffered from a cognitive disorder known as aphasia.
On Tuesday, the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards will be announced.