Can 'Transformers' win both Oscars and Razzies?
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is on track to make even more than the original "Transformers." And it could well contend for at least as many Oscars as the first film. However, unlike "Transformers" which earned good enough reviews to score 61 at Meta Critic and a very respectable 68 at Rotten Tomatoes, the sequel has been savaged by the critics.
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" merited a mere 35 at Meta Critic and a jaw-dropping 18 among the top tier of reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes. Such low scores put the movie directly in the sights of the folks who run the Razzie Awards.
Two years ago, the first film escaped their attention, save for a shared nod for Jon Voight. The one-time Oscar winner ("Coming Home") was also cited for his supporting acting violations in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," "September Dawn" and "Bratz." He lost to Eddie Murphy who won an unprecedented three acting Razzies for his multiple roles in "Norbit."
However, this time around "Transformers" stars Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf may well be razzed. And "Transformers" franchise director Michael Bay has contended twice before at the Razzies, losing his 1998 bid for "Armageddon" to Gus Van Sant ("Psycho") and his 2001 nod for "Pearl Harbor" to Tom Green ("Freddy Got Fingered").
Both "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor" earned the same four Oscar nods – song, sound, sound editing and visual effects. "Pearl Harbor" won for sound editing. Two years ago, "Transformers" earned Oscar bids in those three technical categories. "Transformers" lost both sound races to "The Bourne Ultimatum," while "The Golden Compass" won for visual effects.
However, the "Transformers" special effects wizards did win four awards from the Visual Effects Society. As with most sequels, the studio spent even more money this time round on all of those slam-bang action sequences. And Bay rehired many of the same tech experts who figured in the success of the first film.