The Razzie Awards ended in a surprise tie. The critically drubbed superhero reboot “Fantastic Four” and the erotic romance “Fifty Shades of Grey” both won Worst Picutre, marking the category’s first tie in 25 years. There have only been two other ties in Worst Picture history. In 1990, “The Adventures of Lord Fairlane” and “Ghosts Can’t Do It” shared the prize, and in 1986 both “Howard the Duck” and “Under the Cherry Moon” prevailed. (Click here for the complete list of Razzie winners.)
And not only did “Fantastic” and “Fifty Shades” tie for the top prize, they also dominated the rest of the Razzie field. “Fifty Shades” won five awards total, also taking Worst Actor (Jamie Dornan), Worst Actress (Dakota Johnson), Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Combo (Dornan and Johnson).
“Fantastic Four” was a three-time winner. In addition to Worst Picture, it took Worst Remake, Ripoff or Sequel and Worst Director for Josh Trank, who battled with 20th Century Fox over who really was to blame for the film’s critical and commercial flop.
That left only two other Razzie categories in play, much to the relief of most of the other films in contention. Fresh off of his Best Actor Oscar last year, Eddie Redmayne won Worst Supporting Actor as the sole victory for “Jupiter Ascending“; Redmayne competes for Best Actor again Sunday night for “The Danish Girl.” And Kaley Cuoco won Worst Supporting Actress for her roles in both “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” and “The Wedding Ringer.”
One ray of cinematic hope came when Sylvester Stallone won the Redeemer Award. The Razzies established this award last year to honor an actor or filmmaker who has achieved a career turnaround. After four Worst Actor victories and special prizes for Worst Actor of the 1980s and Worst Actor of the Century, Stallone redeemed himself by returning to his career-making role as Rocky Balboa in “Creed” and earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor (he’s the frontrunner to win according to our racetrack odds).
Photo credit: “Fantastic Four” by 20th Century Fox; “Fifty Shades of Grey” by Moviestore/REX