The list of nominees for the 2016 Razzie Awards ceremony was recently released online.
Year after year, the Razzie Awards list of nominees and eventual winners seem to capture many of the biggest movie flops of the previous year along with the cast and crew that went along with each of them.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 13, 2016
In most cases, the actors and actresses nominated simply do not pay very much attention to them. There are quite a few award nominations that they are likely anticipating each award season, including the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Golden Globes, and the Oscars.
However, there are four Razzie Award nominees on this year’s list that may actually want to win their Golden Raspberry Awards.
- Sylvester Stallone
- Elizabeth Banks
- M. Night Shyamalan
- Will Smith
Each of these celebrities were nominated for the Razzie Redeemer Award, the award that essentially redeems a celebrity for his or her previous Razzie win.
Will Smith earned his nomination for following up the Razzie Award-winning film After Earth with his Golden Globe-nominated performance in Concussion.
Elizabeth Banks’ string of hit movies in 2015 apparently redeemed her for her involvement in the 2012 box-office flop Movie 43.
M. Night Shyamalan, who is referred to as a “perennial Razzie nominee,” redeemed himself with the successful thriller The Visit.
Sylvester Stallone, an “all-time Razzie champ,” redeemed himself with his award-winning performance reprising the role of Rocky Balboa in Creed.
During his emotional acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, Sylvester even took a moment to thank his character, a fictitious fighter he has portrayed in seven different movies.
“This is incredible. Last time I was here, that was 1977. I was kind of hit by tumbleweed. It was a long time ago. It’s like a different, different situation and the view is so beautiful now. I want to thank my wife and my children…because actually having your love is the greatest reward in the world every day… Thank you very, very much. And most of all, I want to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever have.”
As seen from this year’s list, according to Hollywood Life, quite a few of the nominated films may have been viewed as Golden Raspberry Award winners as soon as they were released in theaters.
For example, Fantastic Four did not take very long to be targeted and mocked when it was released back in August.
Longtime Marvel fans and skeptical critics did not hesitate to express their negative feelings and reactions to the film. Even the film’s director, Josh Trank, made headlines with a controversial tweet, according to Entertainment Weekly, that may have put the nail in the movie’s coffin the day before it’s North American release.
“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
It should not be surprising that Fantastic Four received nominations for five different Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Remake/Rip-Off/Sequel, Worst Screen Combo, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay.
Box-office flops were apparently not the only films that received nominations for Razzie Awards this year.
Pixels, which starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, and Michelle Monaghan, may not have been praised by many critics. However, according to Box Office Mojo, the Chris Columbus-directed film generated over $244 million worldwide.
However, Pixels received nominations for five different Razzie Award categories as well: Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Adam Sandler), Worst Supporting Actor (Josh Gad and Kevin James), Worst Supporting Actress (Michelle Monaghan), and Worst Screenplay.
Unfortunately, Pixels was not the only 2016 movie that landed Kevin James on the list of Razzie Award nominees. The former King of Queens sitcom star also made it to the top of the list with his film Paul Blart Mall Cop 2.
Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 actually tied Fifty Shades of Grey(another worldwide box-office hit) with nominations in six different categories.
Perhaps Kevin James will have such a great year in 2016 that he ends up with a Razzie Redeemer award in 2016. The Razzie Awards definitely have one thing in common with other award ceremonies: anyone can be nominated in any given year.
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