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While most of the public was aware of or watched the 2019 Academy Awards last night, there was another Hollywood celebration of film happening. We of course refer to the Golden Raspberry Awards, or the Razzies.
Recently, we reported on the nominees, which included an usually large representation of Sherlock Holmes-related nominees. Well, the results are in, and fear not, fellow Sherlock Holmes fan — there's reason to celebrate!
However, before we move on to the Razzies, it's spending some time with the Oscars.
The Academy AwardsThe role of Sherlock Holmes is much more complex and nuanced than the public typically understands. This means that actors need to turn in more than a two-dimensional performance. While no actor has received an award for playing Sherlock Holmes, there are actors who have played Sherlock Holmes and separately have received Academy Award nominations and/or the Oscar itself for Best Actor or Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Here is the list:
Played Sherlock Holmes in 14 films from 1939-1946
Nominated for Romeo and Juliet (1937) and If I Were King (1939)
George C. Scott
Played Justin Playfair, who thought he was Sherlock Holmes in They Might Be Giants. (1971)
Nominated for Anatomy of a Murder (1960), The Hustler (1962), and The Hospital (1972).
Won for Patton (1970).
Played Sherlock Holmes in Murder By Decree (1979)
Nominated for The Station (2010) and All the Money in the World (2018)
Won for Beginners (2012)
Played Sherlock Holmes (voice only) in Sherlock Holmes and A Study in Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes and The Sign of Four, Sherlock Holmes and The Baskerville Curse, and Sherlock Holmes and The Valley of Fear (1983)
Nominated for Lawrence of Arabia (1963), Becket (1965), The Lion in Winter (1969), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1970), The Ruling Class (1973), The Stunt Man (1981), My Favorite Year (1983), and Venus (2007).
Won an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 2003.
Played Reginald Kincaid, an actor who was hired to play Sherlock Holmes in Without a Clue (1987)
Nominated for Alfie (1967), Sleuth (1973), Educating Rita (1984), and The Quiet American (2003).
Won for Hannah and Her Sisters (1987) and The Cider House Rules (2000).
Robert Downey, Jr.
Played Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. (2011)
Nominated for Chaplin (1993) and Tropic Thunder (2009)
Ian McKellenPlayed Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes (2015)
Nominated for Gods and Monsters (1999) and The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2002)
Played Sherlock Holmes in four seasons of Sherlock on BBC (2010-2017)
Nominated for The Imitation Game (2015)
Played Sherlock Gnomes in Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
Nominated for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Finding Neverland (2005), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2008)
The RazziesOkay, the reason you're here. The lips and tongue have spoken, and the Golden Raspberries for 2019 have brought four — count 'em, four — Razzies:
Worst Picture: Holmes & Watson
Worst Supporting Actor: John C. Reilly / Holmes & Watson
Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel: Holmes & Watson
Worst Director: Etan Cohen / Holmes & Watson
Congratulations to all who were nominated!
This is perhaps the time to remind everyone that with the Razzies, there are no winners; everyone's a loser.