The nominations for the 2018 Razzie Awards are in, and it's looking like The Mummy, 50 Shades Darker, and Transformers: The Last Knight are set to take a beating. Dedicated to honoring the very worst in film from the previous year, the Golden Raspberry Awards have become one of the most publicized awards shows around over the years. Obviously, it's not much of an honor to be declared as one of the worst in your field, as last year's big "winners" -- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Hillary’s America: The Secret History of The Democratic Party -- surely discovered.
This year's awards won't likely be as controversial, however, as the vast majority of nominees are painfully obvious, easy targets. Big name franchises with one too many sequels dominate the pack, though there's definitely a few surprises in store in the Worst Actress category.
As you can see in the video above, the announcement of this year's Razzie nominees is about as humorous as the awards themselves. Comedic shortcomings aside, the clip only announces the nominees for Worst Picture, Actor, and Actress, though the full list has since been released (h/t USA Today). Transformers: The Last Knight leads the way with 9 nominations, including a Worst Actor nod for Mark Wahlberg and Worst Supporting Actor nods for both Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel. Following closely behind the robots in disguise is Fifty Shades Darker with 8 nominations, including nods for the film's two leads, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. The Mummy rounds out the top nominee trio, accruing 7 of its own. Sorry, Tom Cruise.
While it's no surprise to see lame duck franchises like Transformers and 50 Shades getting trashed by the Razzies, there is a shocker or two to be found in the Worst Actress category. Both Jennifer Lawrence (mother!) and Emma Watson (The Circle) were unexpectedly nominated despite delivering performances that most would deem unoffensive. The Razzies did double down on their decidedly meh joke from last year -- nominating Tyler Perry for playing Madea again -- so perhaps they were simply out of ideas for this category?
In any case, the Razzies will take place on March 3rd, the night before this year's Academy Awards. We don't expect them to be all that eventful, since the only really noteworthy thing that ever happens at the ceremony is when the actors actually show up to accept their awards. But hey, it's all in good fun, right?