In a statement explaining the decision, the organization said: “Since then, we have found that Duvall’s speech was influenced by Stanley Kubrick’s attitude towards her throughout the production.” Earlier this year, in an interview with Vulture, Mo Murphy, co-founder of Razzies, said she regretted the choice: “Knowing the background and how Stanley Kubrick kind of shredded it, Murphy said, ‘I’d take it back.’
Duvall played the petrified wife of Jack Tarens (Jack Nicholson), a writer who gets a job in the off-season as a caretaker at the secluded Overlook Hotel, loses his mind and tries to kill his wife and son (Danny Lloyd). The 1980 film has received acclaim since its initial mixed reception – it even ranked 29th in the American Film Institute’s “100 Most Exciting American Films.” But years later, after the release of the film, the toxic conditions that caused Duvall’s speech became clear. Footage from the short documentary “Making ‘The Shining”, shot then by Kubrick’s 17-year-old daughter, Vivian, and an interview with Duvall in 2021 in the Hollywood Reporter, revealed the harsh environment in which Kubrick tried to keep his lead actress in a state of constant panic, and made horror a reality by cursing and alienating her on set.
Razzi’s decision to withdraw Duval’s nomination fits into a wide-ranging conversation about the dangers and shortcomings of Method Acting, which often entails actors seeking a full emotional identification with the character – sometimes through extreme means. The decision to cancel Razzi’s nomination was also made when Hollywood reckons with a policy of failed jokes: comedians like Amy Schumer apologize for racist jokes, and Eddie Murphy expresses remorse for malicious homophobic jokes in the past.
Founded by UCLA film school graduates John Wilson and Murphy in 1981, the Razzies are awarding annual prizes for the “worst of” categories voted for by members of the group, described as covering almost every continent and 49 U.S. states except one from Carolina. “Awards are presented – and usually received – in a good mood. In 2011, actor Tom Green appeared at the ceremony with his little red carpet and played the accordion until he was kicked off the stage. That same year, Sandra Bulak brought a cart full of DVDs from the movie “All About Steve,” which won Razzie. This year’s winners, which were announced online, included LeBron James for “Space Jam: A New Legacy”. According to Razzies, he made money a gold-painted trophy worth $ 4.97.
Wilson says their own mission took into account the decision to return the two Razi. By doing what we do, having the slogan “Own your bad”, we have to conform to our own mistakes. We have to own our bad, ”he told The Washington Post in a joint phone interview with Murphy. “We don’t want to be bullies,” Murphy added. “We want to show humanity in celebrities.”
This week, Wilson and Murphy showed humanity in a different way: by acknowledging the actress ’personal pain. In the first year of the awards, Razzi nominated Duvall for worst actress. That same year, they nominated Stanley Kubrick for directing what they considered a bad adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 novel. (King himself is famously contemptuous of Kubrick’s film adaptation, comparing Duvall’s performance to a “screaming plate.”)
Duval’s play in the film was criticized for being excessive, and her character was called weak and submissive. But Michael Blue, a professor of English at Milligan University who studies King and co-editor with Stephen King’s Violence, feels differently.
“Kubrick tried to give this meta-commentary to the horror genre. The film should be animated, ”he says. “If it’s an unrealistic reflection, so be it. If she seems weak, I think it just indicates blindness to what is really going on in a humiliating relationship. And it speaks in a broader sense of our blindness to the relationship that took place on the set. “
Over the years, this has become clear that Duvall was not just pretending to be scared, but was often actually terrified. The documentary Vivian Kubrick, originally shown on British television, shows Duvall falling from exhaustion on set and being scolded by senior Kubrick, who is said to have isolated and criticized the actress, trying to provoke the alienation felt by her character in the film.
Known as a perfectionist, Kubrick is said to have never finished shooting before the 35th take. The famous scene “Here’s Johnny”, in which Nicholson’s character breaks through the bathroom door, in three days of filming led to 60 broken doors. It took Kubrick 127 takes to complete the scene on the stairs in which Duvall controls a baseball bat in front of her husband – just shy of the Guinness Book of Records with 148 repetitions, which was set by another scene in the film.
Giving an interview to the Hollywood Reporter last year, Duvall was in tears when he revisited the scene on the stairs. “I can only imagine how many women go through things like that,” she said.
The filming of “Shine”, which took almost a year, not the expected 17 weeks, affected Duvall’s health. She had to constantly carry Lloyd with her and maintain a steady state of panic. She called the experience “hard work … almost unbearable”, telling Roger Ebert in 1980 that she had had to cry 12 hours a day, five or six days a week for the past nine months of filming. She compared it to “Primal Scream Therapy”.
To prepare for the scenes, she listened to sad music or thought about sad moments of her life. “But after a while, your body emerges,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “It says, ‘Enough of doing this to me.’ I don’t want to cry every day. ” And sometimes that thought alone made me cry. “
During the filming, Duvall struggled with bouts of illness, and her hair fell out from stress. At some point in the making of the documentary Duvall shows off his directorial piece of hair. Kubrick responds by telling her to prepare for the next scene and then saying, “I don’t like Shelley.”
Murphy believes that the psychological damage inflicted by Kubrick could have done lasting damage to Duvall’s career. “She was such a cool, quirky, three-dimensional character. It was nice to see her on screen, ”Murphy said of his previous performances. “It just seems to me that after“ Shine ”there was a shift. ”
In recent years, Duvall has disappeared from view. She left Hollywood in the 1990s, after successfully creating children’s programs for cable television. Now 72, Duvall lives in Texas with his partner, musician Dan Gilroy. Duvall’s last video was 20 years ago in the movie “Heavenly Mana”.
Most recently, she received unwanted attention after an interview in 2016 on “Dr. Phil’s TV show, during which she spoke incoherently and shared seemingly paranoid thoughts. At one point, she suggested that Robin Williams, her colleague in the movie “Papaya,” may still be alive and “changing.” Celebrities criticized presenter Phil McGraw, a clinical psychologist, saying he used a vulnerable subject.
But for many years her heroine in “Shine” continued to receive criticism. In a 2013 BBC interview, King said the film felt “cold”, referring to Duvall’s discovery of “one of the most misanthropic characters ever filmed. She is, in fact, just to scream and be stupid, and this is not the woman I wrote about. ”
Most of all, King was upset at how far away the characters seemed. Kubrick had spectators who watched Tarans as “ants in an anthill,” King complained, and Duvall’s experience suggests that Kubrick may have looked at his actress too.