And The Nominees Are…

by T. Mack

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It’s awards season, geeks. The Golden Globes were this past weekend and the Oscar nominations were announced this week. But who cares?! Because the most important awards of the season are not a little gold man or a flashy gold globe, but a tiny golden raspberry. That’s right, folks. I’m talking about the Razzie Awards! The nominees were announced this week and I can’t wait to see who will come out on “top.” 


ABOUT THE RAZZIES

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Every year, the Golden Raspberry Awards (or Razzies) call out Hollywood’s elite and issues them a challenge to “own your bad.” This prize is meant to recognize the worst of the year’s movies and performances. With an “academy” made up of professional film critics as well as everyday movie-goers, the Razzies often feel like the only award (besides perhaps the People’s Choice) actually connected to the general populace and our opinions.

The Razzies are also arguably the most fun awards of the season. They aren’t meant to be malicious. Instead, their goal is to showcase missteps in the film industry, which is a gaping hole that other awards–by nature of their focus on what is best–completely ignore. The awards ceremony takes place every year the night before the Oscars. While the ceremony is not televised, winners are announced at 8:00pm PST the Saturday night before Oscar Sunday. This year, that date is February 27.

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While, understandably, most Razzie nominees do not acknowledge the “honor” of their nomination, others take it in stride or even embrace it. Both Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock made sure to be on hand to personally accept their awards in 2005 and 2010, respectively. Berry won for the widely panned Catwoman and Bullock received her statue for the unfunny and irritating All About Steve. Interestingly enough, Bullock went on to win an Oscar for The Blind Side less than 24 hours after her Razzie win. Both ladies are among a select group of actors who have won both a Razzie and an Oscar. That could be part of why they didn’t let the dishonorable award get them down.

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THIS YEAR’S NOMINEES

This year, several horrible movies dominate the nomination list. Fifty Shades of GreyJupiter AscendingPixels, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 all top the list with six nominations each, including Worst Picture. This number is even more impressive when you realize that their are only 10 nomination categories. There is one more film that joins these four as a contender for the title of worst film of the year. Can you guess what it is?  Hint…

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The Razzies do leave room for redemption, however. The tenth and final category on the nominations list is the Razzie Redeemer Award. This award was introduced in 2013 and actually highlights former Razzie nominees or winners who have redeemed themselves with outstanding contributions to the industry during the current year. Scroll down to see the full list of categories and all those up for a 2015 Razzie.

And the nominees are…

WORST PICTURE

  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Pixels
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • Fantastic Four

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WORST ACTOR:

  • Johnny Depp, Mortdecai
  • Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Kevin James, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
  • Adam Sandler, The Cobbler and Pixels
  • Channing Tatum, Jupiter Ascending

 

WORST ACTRESS

  • Katherine Heigl, Home Sweet Hell
  • Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Mila Kunis, Jupiter Ascending
  • Jennifer Lopez, The Boy Next Door
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Mortdecai

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WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Chevy Chase, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Vacation
  • Josh Gad, Pixels and The Wedding Ringer
  • Kevin James, Pixels
  • Jason Lee, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip
  • Eddie Redmayne, Jupiter Ascending

 

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

  • Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip and The Wedding Ringer
  • Rooney Mara, Pan
  • Michelle Monaghan, Pixels
  • Julianne Moore, Seventh Son
  • Amanda Seyfried, Love the Coopers and Pan

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WORST DIRECTOR

  • Andy Fickman, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
  • Tom Six, Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Josh Trank, Fantastic Four
  • Andy and Lana Wachowski, Jupiter Ascending

 

WORST REMAKE, SEQUEL, OR RIP-OFF

  • Alvin & The Chipmunks: Roach Chip
  • Fantastic Four
  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2
  • Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
  • Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

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WORST SCREEN COMBO

  • All Four “Fantastics,” Fantastic Four
  • Johnnyh Depp and His glued-On Moustache, Mortdecai
  • Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Kevin James and either His Segue or His Glued-on Moustache, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
  • Adam Sandler and Any Pair of Shoes, The Cobbler

 

WORST SCREENPLAY

  • Fantastic Four
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
  • Pixels

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RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD

  • Elizabeth Banks: Razzie won for  Movie 43 (2013); Redeemed for directing Pitch Perfect 2
  • M. Night Shyamalan: Razzie won for The Last Airbender (2011); Redeemed for directing The Visit
  • Will Smith: Razzie won for After Earth (2014); Redeemed for starring in Concussion
  • Sylvester Stallone: Razzie won for Worst Actor of the 80s & Worst Actor of the Century; Redeemed by starring in Creed

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You can head over to Rotten Tomatoes to cast your vote for the Razzie Redeemer Award, which is chosen by the general public. If you’re interested in being part of the Razzie “academy” and voting for all categories, it’s easy enough to buy your way in. Simply click this link and cough up $40 for a membership. Right now, memberships are on sale! So that same $40 actually gets you two memberships and a mere $50 will get you four. Ballots have already gone out for the 2015 awards, but it’s the perfect time to secure your membership to vote for next year’s dishonors.

Who would you vote for in each of these categories? Would you join the Razzie “academy” to cast votes for dishonorable movie awards? Do you think any of these nominees don’t actually deserve to be on this list? Hit the comments and let me know your thoughts. And don’t forget to go vote for the Redeemer Award

 

 

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