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Two Netflix films make Razzies 'worst' films of 2021 list

While award ceremonies like the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Screen Actors Guild among others, celebrate the best of cinema, the much-feared Razzie Awards usually handpick the worst of the lot. With its 42nd year of celebrating the worst of cinema, the 2021 Razzie Awards include ten categories, including worst film, worst actor, worst actress, worst remake and a special and hilarious category titled worst performance by Bruce Willis in 2021 where there are eight nominations. 

While the Awards often celebrate the terrible films that have been released over the year, the actors have embraced this ceremony quite sportingly. 

On the eve of the Oscars ceremony, on March 26th, 2022, the winners will be announced. For the 2021 releases, the nominees for the Razzie awards have been announced that including two highly criticised Netflix Originals. 

Out of the five worst film nominations, two Netflix Originals, namely Diana: The Musical and The Woman in the Window have found themselves being nominated at the Razzies. The cast and crew for these two films have also received several other nominations in categories like worst actor, worst actress, worst couple and others. 

Adapted from Dan Mallory’s eponymous book, Joe Wright’s The Woman in the Window starred the likes of Amy Adams, Gary Oldman and Julianne Moore, yet failed to live up to the audience expectations. 

Starring Adams as an agoraphobic children’s author who witnesses the alleged murder of her neighbour across the road and subsequently finds herself embroiled in a twisted turn of events, the psychological thriller falls flat while paying homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and films of the same genre. 

Initially meant to feature on Broadway, the musical made its way to Netflix when the pandemic shut down theatre productions. Directed by Christopher Ashely, the musical, in all its vibrance and music, was meant to document the devastating odyssey of Princess Diana’s life as she goes through a tumultuous marriage. 

The production was considered to be a tasteless travesty and one of the most “awful hate-watch” films by the likes of The Guardian.