9 Bad Movies That Were Nominated for an Oscar

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Suicide Squad, Transformers, and more were still recognized.

Every year, the Oscars award the best in all aspects of filmmaking. Sometimes, that means talented work in various categories is being done on films that are otherwise critical failures.

Following the announcement of the 2017 Oscar nominees (check out the full nominations list for more), IGN is taking a look back at nine “bad” films that still went on to receive Oscar nominations. Of course, because calling a movie “bad” is inherently subjective, our objective barometer for deeming a film “bad” is that it scored 35% or lower on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.

Read on to learn what aspects of poorly received films, including one from this year, still garnered attention from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Norbit

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Nominated for: Makeup and Hairstyling

Rotten Tomatoes score: 9%

Another of Eddie Murphy’s films in which he plays multiple roles, Norbit came in the wake of the comedian’s Oscar-nominated role in Dreamgirls. The comedy film earned three Razzies out of a total eight nominations, but the movie, which was panned for its stereotyping among other reasons, and its various Murphy characters still earned an Oscar nomination for Makeup and Hairstyling.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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Nominated for: Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Rotten Tomatoes score: 19%

The second Transformers film, Revenge of the Fallen, suffered from an accelerated scripting schedule because of the 2007-2008 writers strike according to director Michael Bay, facing critical derision upon release. Yet despite being called out for its convoluted, overlong narrative, the film’s continued focusing on crafting finely detailed Autobots and Decepticons led to the sequel receiving two Oscar nominations for both the Sound Mixing and Editing. (The first film also received three Oscar nominations, however it was much better received in comparison to its sequel.)

Suicide Squad

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Nominated for: Makeup and Hairstyling

Rotten Tomatoes score: 26%

Despite a host of well-cut trailers that made Suicide Squad look like it had the stylized, unique tonal twist that would set the DC universe apart, the movie about a band of villains forced to work for a secret government agency released to critical panning. Knocked for its muddled story, its predictable moments, and disappointing misuse of its ensemble cast, Suicide Squad nevertheless delivered a cast of iconic DC villains, from Harley Quinn to the Joker to Killer Croc, with enough flair to impress the Academy, as the film scored a Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar nomination this year. (Be sure to check out IGN’s Suicide Squad review.)

Hollow Man

Nominated for: Visual Effects

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Robocop and Starship Troopers director Paul Verhoeven’s film about a scientist who becomes invisible and starts killing was knocked by critics and even by Verhoeven himself — he said in a later interview he felt it was “the first movie that I made that I thought I should not have made.” Despite its issues, the film was praised for its effects and ultimately nominated for them at the Oscars.

Hook

Nominated for: Art Direction – Set Decoration, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Makeup and Original Song

Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

The Robin Williams-starring take on the Peter Pan tale, directed by Steven Spielberg, didn’t quite fly when it first released, with critics calling out its overstuffed story and clunky exposition. The film nevertheless went on to earn five Oscar nominations, mostly all in technical categories, as well as for Best Original Song for “When You’re Alone.”

102 Dalmatians

Nominated for: Costume Design

Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%

Remember when Glenn Close took on the iconic role of Cruella de Vil in the live action 101 Dalmatians films in the late ’90s? While the first film earned Close a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination, its sequel got recognized at the Oscars for its costume design. 102 Dalmatians ultimately was passed over for Gladiator.

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Nominated for: Makeup and Hairstyling

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

Like Norbit before it, Click was a critically panned comedy that had some pretty impressive makeup and hair effects. The movie followed Adam Sandler as an overworked, neglectful family man who finds a universal remote that allows him to fast forward through his life. Makeup and hairstyling changes were used to convincingly portray the characters’ advancement through life.

The Phantom of the Opera

Nominated for: Cinematography, Art Direction and Original Song

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

The 2004 adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera might not have been the version of the famed musical that audiences and critics were hoping for, but the Emily Rossum and Gerard Butler-starring film did get recognized for its visual style and one original song, “Learn To Be Lonely.”

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Nominated for: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Visual Effects

Rotten Tomatoes score: 35%

The third Transformers movie, and the final one to be nominated for any Oscars in the visual effects category after Transformers: Age of Extinction failed to get any recognition. The same year, the movie was nominated for eight Razzies. Of course, critically panned or not, Transformers: Dark of the Moon went on to make $1.1 billion, so it definitely won big in arguably the most important way.

Terri Schwartz is Entertainment Editor at IGN. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz.

Changes For Overwatch's Bastion Are In The Works

Bastion may be the next Overwatch character in line to receive balance adjustments.

In response to a forum thread lamenting the lackluster position Bastion is currently in, principal designer Geoff Goodman provided some hope to those looking for an update. “I’m actually working on some changes for him right now,” he revealed.

Changes For Overwatch's Bastion Are In The Works

Unfortunately, he shared neither specifics about those changes or a timeline for when they might arrive. “I’m not quite sure when these changes will hit the live game; we’re still testing different things internally,” he added.

Bastion has gone largely untouched since Overwatch launched last year, whereas other characters have seen adjustments or complete reworks. He was initially viewed with a great deal of disdain by some players who found him overpowered, but strategies emerged for dealing with him easily and efficiently. According to data tracked by fan site Overwatch Tracker, he has among the lowest winrates and playtime of any character in the game.

It’s anyone’s guess what Blizzard may have in store for Bastion. Goodman simply referring to “some changes” may suggest they aren’t a dramatic overhaul, like what we saw for Symmetra, but it remains to be seen what will end up happening.

In another post, director Jeff Kaplan explained the factors that play a role in its decision-making. He listed player feedback, statistics, and Blizzard developers’ “own instincts as players and designers” as the three most important things.

“There isn’t a formula that tells us when or how to make changes,” he said. “We carefully use the three guiding categories above to help lead us to the right decision. Those three categories don’t all weigh equally in every decision as well. For example, according to Statistics, Symmetra was fine and did not need to be touched at all. But our instincts and player feedback was contrary to what the stats were showing. Obviously, we made changes in spite of the statistics, not because of them.”

Overwatch’s latest seasonal event, Year of the Rooster, is currently underway. For a limited time, it adds a CTF-style Brawl mode and special Loot Boxes containing new items on all platforms. You can check out all of its newly added skins here.

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Every Game Confirmed to Release in 2018

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We still have an entire year of releases staring us down here in January 2017, but things change, deadlines shift, and games often slip further into the future.

2017 may just be getting started, but believe it or not, 2018 is already starting to take shape. These are the games currently announced for release during 2018.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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Currently in development, Koji Igarashi’s return to a classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night-style game was met with a great amount of enthusiasm, going on to break records and earn more than $5 million on Kickstarter.

Dual Universe

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A sandbox sci-fi MMO, Dual Universe opens up possibilities for players to create, build, and explore whatever and however they wish in a vast galaxy. It’s not unlike No Man’s Sky in its focus on emergent gameplay, and it’s targeting a release on the PC.

Indivisible

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An action platformer from the developers behind Skullgirls, Indivisible centers on one female protagonist as she journeys the world to learn more about herself and her mysterious abilities. Meet other heroes, see new lands, and fight unique enemies in this Kickstarter-funded game.

Project Phoenix

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Designed with flavors of both Japanese and Western game design influence, Project Phoenix is an RPG with squad-based combat featuring a core group of heroes traveling the world of Azuregard to discover secrets and help an ailing angel.

Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch

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Nintendo announced in January 2017 that a mainline Fire Emblem game would be coming to the hybrid Nintendo Switch console next year. We still have very few details about this game, but expect to learn more in the coming months. This is the first time a core Fire Emblem game will be on a home console since Radiant Dawn for the Wii.

Visceral’s Star Wars Game

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Amy Hennig left developer Naughty Dog back in 2014 after serving as one of the leads on the Uncharted series. She then joined EA and is serving as the creative head for Visceral’s yet-unannounced Star Wars game. With a release window coming so soon, we’re hopeful we’ll learn concrete details about it this year.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

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The team behind MechWarrior Online at Piranha Games announced MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries in December 2016. Focused heavily on its campaign, Mercenaries will offer players a variety of contracts and jobs to take on for the faction of their choosing. It is said to feature a choice-heavy campaign in which players have agency and will release eventually on currently-unspecified platforms.

System Shock

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The highly influential 1994 FPS/RPG hybrid System Shock is getting a completely new remaster, courtesy of Nightdive Studios. Originally funded on Kickstarter for over $1.3 million dollars, System Shock currently has a playable demo and is currently scheduled to release on the PC.

Psychonauts 2

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The long-awaited sequel to the 2005 cult hit, Psychonauts 2 is expected to deliver the same amount of quirky humor characteristic of a studio like Double Fine. It’s currently in development after running a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Windows 10 Game Mode Explained Further, Launches For Windows Insiders This Week

Earlier this month, Microsoft confirmed a new Windows 10 feature meant to improve performance when playing games is on the way. Microsoft is now set to begin public testing of Game Mode to Windows Insiders this week.

A select group of Windows Insiders will receive Game Mode as part of a Windows 10 update tomorrow, January 26. The video below provides some further insight into exactly what it does and how it’s turned on.

“We’re targeting performance enhancements in two ways,” Microsoft explains in the video. “One, an increase in overall framerate, or peaks, and two, an increase in average framerates, or consistency.”

This update adds a section devoted to gaming in the system settings. From there, you can enable Game Mode. Then, you can bring up the Game Bar while in-game to access the settings menu and ensure Game Mode is turned on. “Once you press Game Mode, the system will work to prioritize CPU and GPU resources to your game running in the foreground,” it says. Microsoft intends to test automatically enabling Game Mode with some games; Forza Horizon 3 is presumably one of these, as it’s a Microsoft-developed game featured in the video.

Game Mode is intended to work with all Win32 games, and not just Universal Windows Platform games released through the Windows Store. However, Microsoft warns that “it’s possible not every game will work with Game Mode right now.”

We still don’t have a firm grasp on how meaningful the performance gains will be with Game Mode enabled. It seems unlikely to result in major improvements, but we should have a better idea as people start to get their hands on it over the next few days.

Game Mode will be released to all Windows 10 users sometime this spring, when Microsoft releases the Creators Update. Also coming as part of the update, and the preview version arriving this week, is integrated streaming through Microsoft’s Beam service.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Crossover Event Helps Promote Mobius Final Fantasy's PC Release

Mobius Final Fantasy, the RPG that first released for mobile devices last year, arrives for PC next month, Square Enix has announced. Soon after, it’ll feature a crossover event with the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Its PC version will be available for Windows computers through Steam on February 6. As on mobile, it remains a free-to-play game. You can catch a glimpse of what to expect in the trailer below. It was a good-looking game on mobile, though standards are obviously higher on PC. We had some complaints when we checked it out ahead of its release in August.

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Among the Final Fantasy veterans to work on Mobius are producer Yoshinore Kitase and writer Kazushige Nojima, who both had a had in the development of Final Fantasy VII and are now working on its remake.

Content-wise, the PC version is the same as the mobile one. However, you’ll be able to play with much higher frame rates and resolutions. On Square Enix’s website, project leader Naoki Hamaguchi said it features support for up to 4K. However, a press release calls out 1080p support, so it seems as if the game won’t utilize 4K assets. Hamaguchi also noted that “players will be able to enjoy the game in extremely high quality in the realm of 60 FPS to 120 FPS.”

If you’re eager to try it out now, Mobius is still available as a free download on iOS and Android. Progress can be shared between the mobile and PC versions, letting you move back and forth between platforms.

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A day after Mobius’s launch, a crossover event with Final Fantasy VII Remake will kick off. This was previously offered in Japan and brings Cloud into the game. Assets from the remake were used, according to Hamaguchi.

“[W]e received 3D resources from Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is currently under development, including Cloud, Guard Scorpion, and the Mako Reactor, which we then set up to fit within Mobius Final Fantasy,” he said. “We are extremely proud that as of now, there are no other titles that express the universe of Final Fantasy VII as well as Mobius Final Fantasy. We would love for you to play the collaboration event as you look forward to the game’s release.”

This story has been updated with additional details about Mobius and the crossover event.

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