HOLLYWOOD—While awards season is known for recognizing the best in cinema and television, it’s also a time of year where the worst in cinema are honored also. The annual Golden Raspberry nominations aka the Razzies were announced this week and once again Adam Sandler is getting some major love picking up a nomination for Worst Actor for his performances in “The Cobbler” and “Pixels.”
Leading all nominees was the steamy box-office hit “Fifty Shades of Grey” that earned six nominations including Worst Picture. Also vying for that prize are the flicks “Fantastic Four,” “Jupiter Ascending,” “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” and “Pixels.”
Doing battle against Sandler for Worst Actor are Johnny Depp “Mortdecai,” Jamie Dornan “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Kevin James “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” and Channing Tatum “Jupiter Ascending.” For Worst Actress the contenders are Katherine Heigl “Home Sweet Hell,” Dakota Johnson “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Mila Kunis “Jupiter Ascending,” Jennifer Lopez “The Boy Next Door” and Gwyneth Paltrow “Mortdecai.”
Those competing for the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor include Chevy Chase “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” and “Vacation,” Josh Gad “Pixels” and “The Wedding Ringer,” Kevin James “Pixels,” Jason Lee “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” and Eddie Redmayne “Jupiter Ascending.”
For Worst Supporting Actress nominees are Kaley Cuoco “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” and “The Wedding Ringer,” Rooney Mara “Pan,” Michelle Monaghan “Pixels,” Julianne Moore “The Seventh Son” and Amanda Seyfried “Love the Coopers” and “Pan.”
Worst Director nominees include Andy Fickman “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2,” Tom Six “The Human Centipede 3,” Sam Taylor-Johnson “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Josh Trank “Fantastic Four” and Andy and Lana Wachowski “Jupiter Ascending.” Writers who would hate to be on the list for Worst Screenplay include Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater and Josh Trank “Fantastic Four,” Kelly Marcel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Andy and Lana Wachowski “Jupiter Ascending,” Kevin James and Nick Bakay “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” and Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling “Pixels.”
Worst Remake or Sequel nominees include “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” “Fantastic Four,” “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” “The Human Centipede 3” and “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2.” While most would love to be nominated alongside fellow actors, this time around Worst Screen Combo includes pairings that didn’t quite work for Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jaimie Bell “Fantastic Four,” Johnny Depp and his glued-on mustache “Mortdecai,” Jaimie Dornan and Dakota Johnson “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Kevin James and either his Segway or glued-on mustache “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” and Adam Sandler and any pair of shoes “The Cobbler.”
The one award that provides a bit of redemption is the Razzies Redeemer award where the nominees include Elizabeth Banks, M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith and Sylvester Stallone. Must agree each participated in films this year that raised the bar slightly.
The Razzies will be handed out on Saturday, February 27, one day before the Academy Awards ceremony.