The Last Duel / Twentieth Century Studios
people laugh at Ben Affleck for many reasons. There is this huge back tattoo, the countless memes, the actor’s obsession with Dunkin, and more. Even his own children do not hesitate to shave their old father.
But after the 49-year-old actor was nominated for the Razzie Award for ‘Worst Supporting Actor’ for his role in Ridley Scott’s 2021 film, The last duel, people are not laughing. For those unfamiliar, the Razzies, or Golden Raspberry Awards, are a parody awards show honoring “the worst cinematic underachievement.” The Razzies historically precede the Oscars, and ahead of tomorrow’s Oscar nominations, the Razzie nods were also announced on Monday.
In the film, Affleck plays Count Pierre d’Alençon, who mediates a dispute between Matt Damon’s Sir Jean de Carrouges and Adam Driver’s Jacques Le Gris in the film. However, nominating Affleck for a Razzie for his work in the film seems misguided at best since Affleck’s performance is generally considered a highlight of the film.
So, in light of the misstep, people did something they almost never do — go to Twitter to defend, uh, *eyes notes* Ben Affleck. Twitter personality Mr. Chau even went so far as to say that Affleck had one of the best performances of the year.
Critic and journalist Courtney Howard blasted the Razzies, saying Affleck’s name shouldn’t be anywhere near the list. “He makes a meal out of his screen time and also has one of the best one-line deliveries in this movie,” she added.
Critic Linda Marric went so far as to call Affleck’s blatant disrespect “beyond pale”.
Writer and critic Jason Bailey slammed the Razzies by pointing out that Affleck actually gave one of the better shows of the year.
Writer Dana Schwartz added that Affleck’s performance was truly phenomenal and one of her favorite parts of the film.
“Ben Affleck is gorgeous in THE LAST DUEL Bunch of Tramps!” tweeted AV Club film editor AA Dowd.
“No, Ben Affleck in The Last Duel is NOT Razzie worthy,” IGN’s Jim Vejvoda fired back.
Obviously, movie review is subjective and the Razzies don’t always get it right. In the history of the awards, three actors have won both a Razzie and an Oscar in the same weekend – Alan Menken in 1993, Brian Helgeland in 1997 and Sandra Bullock in 2010. However, these three actors won the respective prices for two different films. in the same year.
Could Affleck be the first to win or be nominated for the same movie in the same year? We’ll find out tomorrow when the 2022 Oscar nominations are announced.