After starring in “Space Jam: A New Legacy” last summer, LeBron James won the Golden Raspberry Award for Best Actor at this year’s show. The film was nominated for multiple categories and eventually won three awards, including worst actor, worst screen combo and worst remake.
LeBron’s movie was a remake of the popular 90s movie starring Michael Jordan. In both films, their respective stars are transferred to a cartoon world and forced to play basketball with the Looney Tunes characters. Although both movies were made for children, there was significant publicity around “Space Jam: A New Legacy” for the nostalgia factor. NBA fans who grew up in the 90’s were thrilled to see the remake with their children, contributing to a successful opening weekend.
The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics. Space Jam II currently has a 4.4 star rating on IMDB and a 26% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Surprisingly, the film was nominated for multiple categories at the 42nd annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
The Golden Raspberry Prize honors the worst people in the film industry on an annual basis. The parody awards show was started by film industry veterans John JB Wilson and Mo Murphy, who performed the first show in Wilson’s Hollywood living-room. Sylvester Stallone holds the record for worst actor with 10 wins, while Madonna holds the top spot for worst actress with nine wins.
The worst actor victory for LeBron was his first in so many films. Additionally, Space Jam II took home the worst remake when “LeBron James and any Warner cartoon character (or time-Warner product) that he dribbles” took the worst screen combo at home.
LeBron did not attend the event, which some actors and actresses have done in the past. The four-time NBA MVP is currently in the middle of the worst, injury-ridden season of his career with the Lakers and is poised to miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 season.