As an antidote to the orgy of US and international film awards, the WTF Movie Awards have joined the Razzies as a means of mocking movies that represent Hollywood's lesser achievements.
Launched in 2010 by Hollywood.com, the WTF awards celebrate the past year's “most surprising, frustrating, bewildering, and ridiculous movie moments.”
The winners receive the Frank trophy, a 3m tall statuette inspired by the bunny-suit-clad apparition in Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko, rated by the website as arguably the greatest WTF movie of all time.
The 2012 honorees have been announced and they are some bewildering choices.
Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In (pictured) was named as WTF movie of the year, described as a work of “pure, unmitigated deviance: gorgeous, grotesque, and meticulously discomfiting.”
Andy Serkis was saluted as WTF performer of the year for his performance capture skills in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (co-star James Franco “appeared far less life-like in comparison,” the judges declared) but strangely didn't mention his equally dazzling contributions in The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
Happy Feet Two was labeled as the most inexplicable flop, a US-centric view because the sequel had barely begun rolling out in the rest of the world when the WTF awards were announced.
I'd suggest many other titles are more deserving of that “accolade.” The Hollywood Reporter compiled a list of the 15 most disappointing films of 2011, contrasting their budgets with global box-office earnings, and the results are revealing.
The Ewan McGregor award for achievement in male full-frontal nudity went to Michael Fassbender for Shame, which opens here in February. Having seen the film I can see why the actor's physique earned him the nickname “Fassboner.”
Hailed as most surprising hit was The Lion King 3D, another US-centric verdict because the Disney reissue was far more popular in the US than in some other markets including Australia.
The Razzies (formerly the Golden Raspberry Awards), which recognise the worst in movies, will be presented on February 25 US time, the eve of the Academy Awards.