While watching American Gangster, I had the feeling that history was being made. Now, I found the movie to be an interesting and compelling, if not entirely groundbreaking crime tale. From what I gather, it’s garnering quite a bit of Oscar buzz, and why not? What else really has risen above it this year? But the history being made I refer to has nothing to do with the performances of Denzel or Russell Crowe, but rather the presence of one Cuba Gooding Jr. Yes, Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. has a brief role in American Gangster, as a rival dealer who tries to subvert Frank Lucas’ “Blue Magic” brand name.
This is notable because Gooding also appeared in one “Daddy Day Camp” this year. If you haven’t had the chance yet, I encourage you to watch the trailer below.
Be sure to note the “Directed By Fred Savage” tag at the end. Daddy Day Camp currently is pulling down a 1% on the Tomato Meter. It is ranked #3 on the IMDB Bottom 100 list (“Who’s Your Caddy” currently tops the list, the Bottom 100 unfortunately tends to change quickly and skew towards newer movies.) All signs point towards Daddy Day Camp being a front runner for the Razzie Award for Worst Picture.
Which got me thinking: Were Daddy Day Camp to win the Worst Picture Razzie, and American Gangster to walk away with Best Picture Oscar, (neither one seems that far fetched), would this be the first time that one actor has starred in the Best and Worst picture of the year? A preliminary scan of both Best Picture and Worst Picture lists seem to indicate that it would indeed be unprecedented.
So far the person I’ve found that comes closest is Bruce Willis, who was in 1994 starred in Razzie winner “Color of Night” and Best Picture nominee “Pulp Fiction”. Willis also was in Razzie nominee “North.”
Lots of actors have been in nominated films a few years apart. Paul Giamatti (Lady in the Water, 2006 & Sideways, 2004.) Angelina Jolie (Alexander, 2004 & Babel, 2006). Alec Baldwin (Cat in the Hat, 2003 & The Departed, 2006) Tom Hanks (Bonfire of the Vanities, 1990 & Forrest Gump, winner in 1994). My knowledge of all of these movies is not complete, however, and there could be lesser known actors and actresses who appeared in a Best and Worst Picture winner in the same year.
So scour the lists and let me know what you find! In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed come nomination time. If Mr. Gooding’s films prevail, I propose the feat be called the “American Day Camp” award should it ever happen again.