LeBron James wins worst actor Razzie for Space Jam: A New Legacy

LeBron James has nabbed his first-ever Razzie for Space Jam: A New Legacy (Picture: REX)

LeBron James has won a prize for his role in Space Jam: A New Legacy which isn’t exactly coveted: the ‘worst actor’ gong at the 2022 Razzie Awards.

The annual Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony dubbed the ‘ugly cousin to the Oscars’ awarded the basketball star the prize for his leading role in Space Jam: A New Legacy, but the, ahem, accolades for the flick didn’t end there.

The movie also won worst screen couple and worst remake, rip-off or sequel, but was spared the worst picture award (this went to Netflix’s version of the Princess Diana Broadway musical Diana).

Critics and fans of the movie’s predecessor, the original, now iconic 1996 movie Space Jam certainly didn’t take to the sequel as they did when the 90s classic was released, including the film’s director, Joe Pytka.

The director, also known for directing popular music videos and commercials in the ’80s and ’90s including the I Am Tiger Woods, didn’t have a lot of love for the new reboot and told TMZ he had several issues with the film, mainly that it lacked the personal connection that Michael Jordan had in the film originally.

The original movie had its own fictionalized version of what happened between Jordan’s first basketball retirement in 1993 and comeback in 1995, which involved the Looney Tunes convincing him to enlist in their basketball match against a group of extremely tall aliens in order to protect their freedom.

Michael Jordan on the court in Space Jam

The Space Jam director was not a fan of the sequel, saying that the Lakers star was no Michael Jordan (Picture: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock)

He had kind words to say about James’ acting in the film but stated: ‘The truth is that LeBron ain’t Michael.’

Back to the Razzie Hall of Fame, Diana scooped five awards in total, including worst actress, worst supporting actress, worst director and worst screenplay.

Bruce Willis was also given his own special category, worst performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 movie, with eight films nominated, including Cosmic Sin. Will Smith – winner of four Razzies throughout this career – received the redeemer award for his role in King Richard.

The Razzie Awards were created in 1980 by UCLA film school graduates and film industry veterans John JB Wilson and Mo Murphy.


2022 Razzie Awards Winners

Worst picture – Diana the Musical

Worst actor – LeBron James in Space Jam: A New Legacy

Worst actress – Jeanna de Waal in Diana the Musical

Worst supporting actress – Judy Kaye in Diana the Musical

Worst supporting actor – Jared Leto in House of Gucci

Worst performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 movie (Special Category) –

Bruce Willis in Cosmic Sin

Worst onscreen couple – LeBron James and Any Warner Cartoon Character in Space Jam: A New Legacy

Worst remake, rip-off or sequel: Space Jam: A New Legacy

Worst director – Christopher Ashley in Diana the Musical

Worst screenplay – Diana the Musical

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