And your 2016 Razzie nominees are…

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Yes, we’re right in the middle of the Hollywood awards season, with the Golden Globes taking place this weekend past, and the Oscar nominations being released later today. But while those two biggest awards shows are all about honouring achievements in movies, there’s another that exists for exactly the opposite. I’m of course talking about the Golden Raspberry Awards aka the Razzies, which is all about (dis)honouring the worst pieces of cinematic drek to hit our screens in the last year.

Normally, I don’t really pay much attention to the Razzies, as it’s sort of become nothing but a massive unwarranted pile-on for certain filmmakers or films. Even if a particular person or movie was actually not that bad, if it was cool and trendy to slag them, the Razzies would show no hesitation to jump on board, irrespective if there were far worse offerings out there.

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BUT – and you may have predicted a “but” was coming – this year, I actually think they kind of got it right. At least where Worst Picture was concerned. The 2016 Razzie nominations were released yesterday and have pitted Fantasic Four, Fifty Shades of Grey, Jupiter Ascending, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Pixels against each other for the biggest award. And it couldn’t have happened to a more awful bunch.

Out of the lot, Fantastic Four probably is the only one that has some redemption, as it’s first two acts – as inappropriate as it was for a Fantastic Four story – was pretty solid sci-fi entertainment. Then it dropped one of the worst third (turd?) acts in my recent movie memory, and totally defecated over whatever good will it had created. And the rest of that list is just as godawful. Personally, I think that the truly terrible, faith-in-humanity destroying Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 should take it, because at least the others had the decency to be shiny enough to be momentarily distracting (Jupiter Ascending, Pixels) or had the misfortune of working off already garbage source material (Fifty Shades of Grey).

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As for the rest of the awards, it’s the usual suspects really with the occasional bit of “WTF, really?” thrown in (looks in disbelief at Rooney Mara in Pan for Worst Actress), but of special interest is this year’s Razzie Redeemer Award. This is given out to previous Razzie winners who have now upped their game considerably. And this year sees Sylvester Stallone, fresh off a Golden Globe win for Creed, in the mix, alongside the likes of M. Night Shyamalan, who after more than a decade of turning his career into a bit of a joke, returned last year with a very solid horror entry in The Visit. It’s going to be a tight race, but I think Sly should take it!

Also one to note is that if Eddie Redmayne, who is nominated for his role in Jupiter Ascending here, gets an Oscar nomination later for The Danish Girl – which certainly looks the case – then he could potentially both Worst and Best Actor all in one year!

Here’s the full list of Razzie nominees:
  • WORST PICTURE

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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

Kayley Cuoco-Sweeting – Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip [Voice Only] and The Wedding Ringer
Rooney Mara – Pan
Michelle Monaghan – Pixels
Julianne Moore – Seventh Son
Amanda Seyfried – Love the Coopers and Pan

 

  • WORST REMAKE/RIP-OFF/SEQUEL

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road 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
Johnny Depp & His Glued-On Moustache – Mortdecai
Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson – Fifty Shades of Grey
Kevin James & EITHER His Segway OR His Glued-On Moustache – Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Adam Sandler & Any Pair of Shoes – The Cobbler

  • 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 (& Alan Smithee?) – Fantastic Four
The Wachowskis (Andy & Lana) – Jupiter Ascending

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  • WORST SCREENPLAY

Fantastic Four Screenplay by Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater and Josh Trank, Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Fifty Shades of Grey Screenplay by Kelly Marcel, Based on the Novel by E.L. James
Jupiter Ascending Written by Andy and Lana Wachowski
Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 Screenplay by Kevin James & Nick Bakay
Pixels Screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, Story by Herlihy, Based on a Work by Patrick Jean

  • RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD:

Elizabeth Banks (RAZZIE “Winner” for MOVIE 47, Multiple Hit Movies This Year)
M. Night Shyamalan (Perennial RAZZIE nominee & “winner,” director of The Visit)
Will Smith (For following up After Earth with Concussion)
Sylvester Stallone (All-Time RAZZIE Champ, award contender for Creed)

Last Updated: January 14, 2016

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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