The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced its nominations for the 2016 Razzie Awards, a day before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will reveal its nominations for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. While the minds behind the Razzies position their satirical awards show as an antithesis to the Oscars that (dis)honors the worst mainstream film releases for any particular year, the Razzies are known to favor the popular punching bags for the film-loving public - something that makes their nominations as predictable and conventional as the Oscar nods (if not more so), in several ways.
Case in point: in case there was ever any doubt, such films as Fifty Shades of Grey and the Fantastic Four franchise reboot have now officially landed multiple Razzie nominations, in areas that range from Worst Picture to Worst Remake, Ripoff, or Sequel. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler has continued to uphold his reputation as the Meryl Streep of the Razzie Awards (so to speak), by landing a Worst Actor nod for his work on such critically-derided films as The Cobbler and Pixels. However, Sandler and his frequent collaborators managed to avoid being "recognized" for their Netflix original movie, the western comedy The Ridiculous Six.
Perhaps the most interesting category among the various Razzie awards is the Razzie Redeemer Award, a relatively new award where filmmakers and/or actors who have "redeemed" themselves for previous misfires are honored. M. Night Shyamalan made the cut this year for his 2015 film The Visit - a found-footage-style horror comedy/thriller that was a favorite among a number of Screen Rant's editorial staff - as did Sylvester Stallone for his turn as an older Rocky Balboa in Creed. Stallone's now taken home a Golden Globe for his performance in the film too, so he's definitely the "front-runner" to secure this particular Razzie.
You can check out the full list of 2016 Razzie nominees (and the reasoning for their inclusion), below:
WORST PICTUREFantastic FourFifty Shades of GreyJupiter AscendingPaul Blart: Mall Cop 2Pixels
WORST ACTORJohnny Depp, MortdecaiJamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of GreyKevin James, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2Adam Sandler, The Cobbler and PixelsChanning Tatum, Jupiter Ascending
WORST ACTRESSKatherine Heigl, Home Sweet HellDakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of GreyMila Kunis, Jupiter AscendingJennifer Lopez, The Boy Next DoorGwyneth Paltrow, Mortdecai
WORST SUPPORTING ACTORChevy Chase, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and VacationJosh Gad, Pixels and The Wedding RingerKevin James, PixelsJason Lee, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road ChipEddie Redmayne, Jupiter Ascending
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESSKaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip and The Wedding RingerRooney Mara, PanMichelle Monaghan, PixelsJulianne Moore, Seventh SonAmanda Seyfried, Love the Coopers and Pan
WORST REMAKE/RIP-OFF/SEQUELAlvin & The Chipmunks: Road ChipFantastic FourHot Tub Time Machine 2Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
WORST SCREEN COMBOAll Four “Fantastics,” Fantastic FourJohnny Depp and His Glued-On Moustache, MortdecaiJamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of GreyKevin James and EITHER His Segue [sic] OR His Glued-On Moustache, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2Adam Sandler and Any Pair of Shoes, The Cobbler
WORST DIRECTORAndy Fickman, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2Tom Six, Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)Sam Taylor-Johnson, Fifty Shades of GreyJosh Trank, Fantastic FourAndy and Lana Wachowski, Jupiter Ascending
WORST SCREENPLAYFantastic 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 AWARDElizabeth 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)
That's it for this year's batch of Razzie Award nominations. Let us know in the comment section if you agree with this year's picks of nominees, and/or if you feel there are other 2015 film releases that are "more deserving" of recognition from the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation.
The "winners" for the 36th Annual Razzie Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 27th, 2016, a day before the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony takes place.
Source: The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation