The Razzie Awards announced the nominees for their 36th annual kudos “honoring” the worst in cinema on Wednesday, January 13. Four films are tied with six nominations apiece: the erotic romance “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the sci-fi thriller “Jupiter Ascending,” the slapstick comedy “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” and Adam Sandler‘s latest big-screen effort, “Pixels.” All are nominated for Worst Picture, as is the “Fantastic Four” reboot. (See complete list of nominations HERE.)
While those are not surprising targets of Razzie wrath, these ignominious kudos also took aim at some celebs unaccustomed to being counted among Hollywood’s worst. Reigning Best Actor Oscar-champ Eddie Redmayne (who is an Oscar contender again this year for “The Danish Girl“) was singled out for Worst Supporting Actor for his villainous role in “Jupiter Ascending,” for which Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis contend in the lead categories.
Another 2014 Oscar-winner, Julianne Moore, received her first ever Razzie nom for Worst Supporting Actress for playing an evil witch in the fantasy film “Seventh Son.” She’s joined in that category by one of this year’s Oscar hopefuls, Rooney Mara. She is a critics’ darling for her performance in “Carol” but her film “Pan” was panned and earned her a nom here for her role as Tiger Lily.
Although the Razzies took a swipe at those acclaimed actors, it extended and olive branch to one of its worst offenders: Sylvester Stallone, who won Worst Actor of the 1980s and then Worst Actor of the 20th Century at these awards. He is now up for the Redeemer Award, which is presented to actors and filmmakers who have made a creative comeback. In this case, Stallone is being forgiven his cinematic sins because of his acclaimed, Golden Globe-winning performance in “Creed.”
Stallone is joined in that category by Elizabeth Banks, who won Razzie as one of the directors of “Movie 43” but helmed the hit “Pitch Perfect 2“; Will Smith, who won four Razzies but recently gave an admired performance in “Concussion“; and M. Night Shyamalan, who ended his streak of critically drubbed films with the horror sleeper “The Visit.”
But while the fall of some Oscar contenders and the rise of Stallone may be unusual developments at the Razzies, perennial target Adam Sandler reliably offends yet again. His video game-inspired sci-fi comedy “Pixels” earned him another bid for Worst Actor following three previous victories for “Big Daddy” (1999), “Jack & Jill” and “Just Go With It” (2011), and “That’s My Boy” (2012).
Tatum’s co-star Kunis is joined in the Worst Actress contest by Katherine Heigl (“Home Sweet Hell“), Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), Jennifer Lopez (“The Boy Next Door“) and Gwyneth Paltrow (“Mortdecai”).
Photo Credits: “Fifty Shades of Grey” poster by Universal Pictures; “Jupiter Ascending” by Warner Bros. Pictures; “Creed” by Warner Bros. Pictures