Donald Trump Scores Multiple Razzie Nominations
By Pat Mullen
Donald Trump can take pride in knowing that he is one of the elite few actors to win an award that Meryl Streep has not! Trump received multiple nominations today from the Golden Raspberry Awards, aka the Razzies, for his appearances in the documentaries Fahrenheit 11/9 and Death of a Nation. The American President was cited for Worst Actor (appearing as himself in archival footage) in the documentaries, as well as in the category for Worst Screen Couple. He shares the nomination with “His Self Perpetuating Pettiness.” Trump’s partners in crime Kellyanne Conway and Melania Trump both received nominations for Worst Supporting Actress. The Razzies are satirical awards honouring the “berry worst” in film during Hollywood’s self-congratulatory award season. (Get the full list of nominees at The Hollywood Reporter.)
Trump faces stiff competition from John Travolta, whose widely panned mobster biopic Gotti is a hot contender. Few nominees have the odds to oust Trump and his pettiness in the onscreen couple race, although pundits cite “Johnny Depp & His Fast-Fading Film Career” as a dark horse to watch.
If (or when) Trump “wins” the Razzie, he will make history as the second sitting American President to take the honour. George W. Bush scored Worst Actor for Fahrenheit 9/11. Their wins in a film and its sequel would provide a rare feat comparable only to Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro winning Oscars for playing Vito Corleone in The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II. The coup would give Michael Moore the distinct honour of being the only filmmaker to director two sitting Presidents to Razzie wins.
Fahrenheit 9/11 followed its win of the Palme d’Or at Cannes with multiple Razzie honours as voters bestowed four awards on the doc including Worst Actor (Bush), Worst Supporting Actor (Donald Rumsfeld), and Worst Screen Couple (for Bush and either Condoleeza Rice or his pet goat). Rice was nominated in the Worst Supporting Actress category but lost to co-star Britney Spears.
Trump previously “won” the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor for 1989’s Ghosts Can’t Do It. If he wins again, he’ll soon have enough trophies to build that wall, brick by raspberry shaped brick.