Razzies rescind Bruce Willis award after devoting entire category to him
It comes after it was revealed this week that the actor has been diagnosed with aphasia.
The Razzies have rescinded the award it handed out to Bruce Willis last weekend after devoting a whole category to him.
The move comes after it was revealed this week that Willis has been diagnosed with aphasia and that he will be retiring from acting.
The opposite of the Oscars, the Razzies honour the perceived worst films of a year.
For its most recent ceremony, it created a special category titled "Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie", with the actor winning the award for sci-fi action film Cosmic Sin.
However, four days later, Willis' daughter Rumer confirmed the news of the actor's diagnosis via a post on her Instagram account.
Aphasia is a language disorder caused by brain damage that affects the ability to communicate.
On Thursday (31 March), co-founders of the Razzies John Wilson and Mo Murphy issued the following statement:
"After much thought and consideration, the Razzies have made the decision to rescind the Razzie Award given to Bruce Willis, due to his recently disclosed diagnosis.
"If someone's medical condition is a factor in their decision making and/or their performance, we acknowledge that it is not appropriate to give them a Razzie.
"As we recently mentioned in a Vulture Interview, extenuating circumstances also apply to Shelley Duvall in The Shining.
"We have since discovered that Duvall's performance was impacted by Stanley Kubrick's treatment of her throughout the production.
"We would like to take this opportunity to rescind that nomination as well."
Rumours had circulated online in recent weeks that Willis was suffering health issues, with some critics and fans pointing out that the actor had been regularly using an earpiece while working on recent films.
"To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities," a joint family statement begins.
"As a result of this and with much consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”
"This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” the statement continues.
"We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.
"As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that."
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