The Ankler 100: Part 1! The Lows of 2022
Saluting the moments of the year past that we'd all like to forget
Thanks for joining us for the Ankler 100, my annual look every December at the most cringe-worthy moments in the entertainment business.
“No one knows anything” might be Hollywood's motto throughout time, but some years we really set out to prove how true that is. In the year past, we had enough fumbles, missteps, gaffes and faux pas to supply a typical decade. Whether it was an act of violence against a comedian live on our biggest show of the year or the collapse of the governing economic model, 2022 felt like a greatest hits collection of lows.
So before we turn the page on this parade of foolery, let's take a look back. Join us as we salute the bad choices, the stumbles, and the horrifying cluelessness that made this year so special. This is Part 1 of your annual Ankler 100, counting down now from bad to worse. Part 2 will be coming tomorrow.
100. Another year passes and the number of Hollywood studio CEOs who are not white men holds steady at zero.
99. Another year in China toadying. It comes out that in the version of Fight Club released on home video in the PRC, instead of the film ending with the apotheosis of Tyler Durden's anarchist plans, the film concludes with a card explaining that Durden's plan was foiled by the authorities.
98. Alec Baldwin sues his fellow Rust producers to share the costs of defending him in the fallout of the on-set shooting that killed the film's cinematographer.
97. Despite the widespread boycott, the Golden Globes stay the course and hold a dour, star-free reading of the awards results and pay tribute to the HFPA's philanthropic activities.