Razzies 2018: These Oscar-winning stars are all up for worst actor awards

2018-01-23 16:03

Awards season is in full swing and that means it’s time for the least-anticipated event on Hollywood’s awards season calendar: The Golden Raspberry Awards.

And this year, the list of nominees are, surprisingly, littered with Oscar-winners.

“Welcome to the 38th Razzie Nominees,” announced the video clip, which was released on 22 January – a day before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences releases its list of Oscar nominees. The nominations for the mock awards show were unveiled in a tongue-in-cheek, YouTube video titled "How to protect humanity from Razzie toxic waste."

"Hazardous waste is generated from many sources, ranging from the industry's lack of original content, recycled scripts – usually from a stable of hack writers – derivative dialogue, phone-in performances and brilliant studio bean counters overseeing the entire process from cradle to a quick grave," the video declares.

Last year saw Batman v Superman take home four Razzies. This year Transformers: The Last Knight leads the pack with nine nominations – the flick is nominated in every category bar one (Worst Actress). Yet despite lacklustre reviews, the 5th film in the franchise earned a healthy $605 million (over R7 billion) at the worldwide box office last year 17.

Fifty Shades Darker – which Razzie founder John Wilson called “more sleep-inducing than sexy,” – is nominated in seven categories, including Worst Picture, according to Reuters.

Surprisingly, this year’s nominees list contains more than its fair share of lauded Oscar winners. Jennifer Lawrence – who won an Oscar in 2013 for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook – has been nominated Worst Actress for her role in divisive thriller, Mother! Her co-star Javier Bardem, who earned his Oscar for No Country for Old Men in 2008, also felt the wrath of the Razzie voters with his Worst Actor nomination.

Other slated Oscar alums include Russell Crowe (Gladiator, 2001) and Mel Gibson (Braveheart, 1996) who were nominated for their roles in The Mummy and Daddy Day Care 2, respectively.

According to betting website Sportsbet, poor Russell is the favourite to win in the Worst Actor category. His portrayal of Dr Henry Jekyll in The Mummy was widely panned by critics, Sceenrant reports.

Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp – a perennial Razzie target – was also singled out for what John J. B. Wilson called “his worn out drunk routine” in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The Razzies were co-founded by film graduates of the University of California, Los Angeles and film-industry veterans, John J. B. Wilson and Mo Murphy with the first ceremony held in March 1981. The event, which annually recognises the worst in film, traditionally precedes the Academy Awards ceremony by one day, and this year winners will be announced on 3 March.

The awards is spray-painted gold and comes in the form of a raspberry which sits atop a film reel. Nominees and winners of the Razzies are voted for online by around 1 000 Razzie members from 24 countries, who sign up online and pay a $40 (R486) membership fee.

Although nominees rarely attend the ceremony there have been a few memorable exceptions. Sandra Bullock turned up in person to collect her Worst Actress trophy for All About Steve in 2010, while in 2005 Halle Berry was there to accept the Worst Actress award for Catwoman and delivered a spoof of the speech she gave at the 2002 Academy Awards, where she won an Oscar for Monster's Ball.

See the full list of nominations for the 2018 Razzies below.

Worst picture
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst actress
Katherine Heigl (Unforgettable)
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Darker)
Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!)
Tyler Perry (Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween)
Emma Watson (The Circle)

Worst actor
Tom Cruise (The Mummy)
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Darker)
Zac Efron (Baywatch)
Mark Wahlberg (Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight)

Worst supporting actor
Javier Bardem (Mother! and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
Russell Crowe (The Mummy)
Josh Duhamel (Transformers: The Last Knight)
Mel Gibson (Daddy’s Home 2)
Anthony Hopkins (Collide and Transformers: The Last Knight)

Worst supporting actress
Kim Basinger (Fifty Shades Darker)
Sofia Boutella (The Mummy)
Laura Haddock (Transformers: The Last Knight)
Goldie Hawn (Snatched)
Susan Sarandon (A Bad Moms Christmas)

Worst screen combo
Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys, or Two Sexual Positions
 – Fifty Shades Darker
Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots, or Two Explosions
 – Transformers: The Last Knight
Any Two Obnoxious Emojis
 – The Emoji Movie
Johnny Depp and His Worn-Out Drunk Routine
 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Careers Tell No Tales
Tyler Perry and Either the Ratty Old Dress or Worn-Out Wig
 – Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween

Worst remake, rip-off, or sequel
Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst director
Darren Aronofsky (Mother!)
Michael Bay (Transformers: The Last Knight)
James Foley (Fifty Shades Darker)
Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy)
Anthony (Tony) Leonidis (The Emoji Movie)

Sources: reuters.com, news.com.au, screenrant.com, boxofficemojo.com, bleedingcool.com, razzies.com, variety.com


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