It is a rare year that sees no mention of Adam Sandler in nominations for the infamous Razzie Awards and, true to form, he also made it in the Razzies for 2015.
Meanwhile, Fifty Shades of Grey suffered the highlights too, with nominations for its male lead, Jamie Dornan, and “romantic” female lead, Dakota Johnson, plus nominations for worst director, worst screenplay, worst screen combo, and even the top dog prize of worst film. It seems a big box office hit does not a great movie make.
While it’s great to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award or a coveted Oscar, movie stars dread getting a mention in the annual Razzies, the infamous Golden Raspberry Awards.
According to Entertainment, leading this year’s nominations are Adam Sandler and the recent BDSM “spectacular,” Fifty Shades of Grey, with Sandler achieving two nominations this year for his performances in The Cobbler and Pixels. Sandler is not alone, of course, as he joins his friend Kevin James, Channing Tatum, Johnny Depp, and Jamie Dornan in the Razzie nominations for worst actor.
It seems many people made Fifty Shades of Grey a huge box office hit by satisfying their curiosity about the film, while critics pretty much blasted the movie. Fifty Shades managed to scoop six nominations for worst actor for 2015, with Melanie Griffith’s little girl, Dakota Johnson, nominated as worst actress and Sam Taylor-Johnson nominated as worst director, plus the film achieved nominations for worst screenplay, worst screen combo, and even for the top dog prize of worst film.
Johnny Depp, unsurprisingly to most, was nominated for worst actor for his film, Mortdecai, and Jamie Dornan for his mostly naked appearances in Fifty Shades. Channing Tatum was nominated worst actor for the previously mentioned sci-fi film, Jupiter Ascending.
For the equally cringe-worthy award of worst supporting actor, Chevy Chase hit the list for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Vacation, while Josh Gad was nominated for Pixels and The Wedding Ringer. Pixels, of course, got yet another mention with Kevin James, and Jason Lee was nominated for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip. Jupiter Ascending raised its head again for a nomination of worst supporting actor for Eddie Redmayne.
As for the worst supporting actress nominations, it was Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip and The Wedding Ringer, Rooney Mara was nominated for the film Pan, Amanda Seyfried for both Love the Coopers and Pan, Michelle Monaghan for Pixels, and Julianne Moore for the film Seventh Son.
Going to prove the fact that doing a remake of a successful film is not always a good idea, the nominations for worst remake or sequel went to Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Fantastic Four, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Human Centipede 3, and Paul Blart Mall Cop 2.
Many moviegoers will definitely agree with the nominations for worst screen combo, which included Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell for Fantastic Four, Johnny Depp and his awful glued-on mustache (interestingly not Gwyneth Paltrow) for Mortdecai, the combination of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey, Kevin James (for either the Segway or glued-on mustache) in Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, along with Adam Sandler and quite literally any pair of shoes in The Cobbler.
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It is amazing how often certain movie names come up over and over again in the Razzies, with worst director nominations going to Andy Fickman for Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, Tom Six for Human Centipede 3, Sam Taylor-Johnson for Fifty Shades of Grey, Josh Trank for Fantastic Four, and Andy and Lana Wachowski for Jupiter Ascending.
As per NBC, pretty much the same movies feature in the nominations for worst screenplay in the Golden Raspberry awards, with Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater, and Josh Trank nominated for Fantastic Four, Kelly Marcel for Fifty Shades of Grey, Andy and Lana Wachowski for Jupiter Ascending, Kevin James and Nick Bakay for Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, and Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling for Pixels.
Nominations for the Razzies redeemer award went to Elizabeth Banks for MOVIE 47 and multiple hit movies during the year, M. Night Shyamalan for directing The Visit, Will Smith for following up the failed movie After Earth with Concussion, and Sylvester Stallone, an all-time Razzie Champ, for Creed.
Now we just have to wait and see who the final “winners” in the Razzies actually are, and whether their winners will actually be there to accept them.
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