Dame Judi Dench responds to 'Worst Supporting Actress' Razzie nomination for 'Cats'

Danny Thompson
Judi Dench during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)

She is an Oscar-winning actress revered the world over for her talents - but even acting royalty Dame Judi Dench couldn’t escape the scorn attached to big-budget Hollywood flop Cats, after it was announced she has received a Razzie nomination for the worst supporting actress award.

But the 85-year-old took the nomination all in good humour responding with a typically lofty Dench retort.

When told of the nomination while appearing on Radio 4 show Front Row she responded: "Oh, am I? That would be good. As far as I know, that's a first!"

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Considering her acting career predates the Razzies, which began in 1981, it’s rather impressive this will be Dench’s first nomination.

The 85-year-old was also asked on the show about the backlash the film received and what she thought about it.

“I haven’t seen it,” she responded. “I didn’t read anything about the response to it, nor have I seen it, and I’ve only seen a picture of myself.” 

And despite the negativity, Dench insists she liked the appearance of her character, saying: “I once had a cat like [Old Deuteronomy] called Carpet – I didn’t realise I was playing Carpet, I thought I was playing a really clapped out old, mangy old cat who didn’t have much fur.

“I didn’t realise I was this wonderful show cat.”

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The Razzies, officially entitled The Golden Raspberry Awards, did not hold back on its feelings for Cats, nominating the musical for a whopping eight awards in all, including Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay amongst others.

Rambo: Last Blood and A Madea Family Funeral were also heavily featured, with both movies also getting eight nominations a piece.

This year’s Golden Raspberry Awards, the 40th edition, are set to take place today (14 March) and will be televised for the first time.