Michael Bay is the gift that keeps on giving. The fourth film in his clashing-robots franchise, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” leads the 35th Annual Razzie Awards with seven nominations, including Worst Picture and Worst Director (Bay).
This is the third “Transformers” film to reap a Worst Picture bid. In 2007, the generally well-reviewed first film only contended for Worst Supporting Actor (Jon Voight, who was also cited for “Bratz,” “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” and “September Dawn”), but the first sequel, “Revenge of the Fallen,” fell hard in 2009 with seven nominations and a “win” for Worst Picture.
The third sequel, “Dark of the Moon,” was nominated for eight awards in 2011, including Worst Picture, but it left unscathed thanks to Adam Sandler‘s “Jack and Jill,” which made Razzie history by sweeping every category.
Christian conservatives also took a hit this year, occupying two slots for Worst Picture. “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas,” earned six nominations, including Worst Actor and Worst Screen Combo nominations for Kirk Cameron, who plays a man who teaches his brother-in-law about the meaning of the holiday. He shares the Screen Combo nod with his ego.
Cameron previously starred in another faith-based film, “Left Behind,” and as (bad) luck would have it, the 2014 remake is also nominated for Worst Picture this year, with its Oscar-winning star Nicolas Cage nominated for Worst Actor as a pilot coping with the Rapture. It’s the seventh nomination for Cage, who has been spared up until now: he has yet to win a Razzie.
The Razzies have never shied away from taking prestigious award-winners down a peg. Oscar champs Halle Berry (“Catwoman”) and Sandra Bullock (“All About Steve”) even showed up in person to collect their Worst Actress prizes.
This year, in addition to Cage, Oscar-winner Charlize Theron is nominated twice for Seth MacFarlane‘s “A Million Ways to Die in the West“: Worst Actress and Worst Screen Combo with MacFarlane, who himself also contends for Worst Actor and Worst Director for the poorly reviewed comedy.
Cameron Diaz is a triple nominee, with a Worst Actress nomination for both “The Other Woman” and “Sex Tape,” a Worst Supporting Actress bid for “Annie,” and a Worst Screen Duo nod with Jason Segel for “Sex Tape.”
But while awarding Hollywood’s worst offenders, the Razzies are also in a forgiving mood this year, introducing a new category that a nominee might actually want to win: the Razzie Redeemer Award, presented to stars whom they credit for rising from the ashes of bad movies.
Ben Affleck is nominated for ascending from Worst Picture-winner “Gigli” to Oscar movies like “Argo” and “Gone Girl.” Jennifer Aniston, a multiple-Razzie-nominee, could be a first-time Oscar-nominee this year for “Cake.” “Love Guru” Razzie-winner Mike Myers directed the documentary “Supermensch” in 2014. Frequent Razzie offender Keanu Reeves earned positive notices for “John Wick.” And Kristen Stewart has escaped the sparkly vampires of “Twilight” to star in the art-house film “Camp X-Ray” – not to mention “Still Alice” and “Clouds of Sils Maria,” which the Razzies didn’t specifically cite.
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