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Why the Razzies Are (Still) the Worst Awards Ever

Why the Razzies Are (Still) the Worst Awards Ever

We’ll keep this short: The Razzies are the worst. The annual bad-movie awards are a pathetic pile-on voted on by pay-for-play nobodies who often pick their targets without even having seen the movies in question. How clueless are they? As Variety’s Guy Lodge pointed out, their website identifies the director of multiple nominee “Fifty Shades of Grey” Sam Taylor-Johnson as a man. They also nominated “Fifty Shades'” Dakota Johnson for best actress, although even critics who hated the movie acknowledged her performance as a great one.

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The Razzies’ worst offense in 2016, beyond their stubborn failure to stop existing, is picking on Amanda Seyfried’s exceedingly brief appearance in “Pan,” which is hardly significant enough to merit any kind of nomination. But then especially since stars actually started showing up to collect their Razzies, the group’s winners seem to be awarded in the manner of a third-grade boy pulling the pigtails of a girl he likes, hoping beyond hope that some kind-hearted famous person will acknowledge their existence. As I wrote last year, “What you’ve got, in essence, is a group of unidentified voters with unknown qualifications taking shots at people they reflexively dislike, and — here is where the problem begins — being rewarded for it.”

That’s enough ink on the Razzies this year. Here are the nominees.

Fantastic Four
Fifty Shades of Grey
Jupiter Ascending
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Johnny Depp, Mortdecai
Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey
Kevin James, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
Adam Sandler, The Cobbler and Pixels
Channing Tatum, Jupiter Ascending

Katherine Heigl, Home Sweet Hell
Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
Mila Kunis, Jupiter Ascending
Jennifer Lopez, The Boy Next Door
Gwyneth Paltrow, Mortdecai

Chevy Chase, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Vacation
Josh Gad, Pixels and The Wedding Ringer
Kevin James, Pixels
Jason Lee, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip
Eddie Redmayne, Jupiter Ascending

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip and The Wedding Ringer
Rooney Mara, Pan
Michelle Monaghan, Pixels
Julianne Moore, Seventh Son
Amanda Seyfried, Love the Coopers and Pan

Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip
Fantastic Four
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

All Four “Fantastics,” Fantastic Four
Johnny Depp and His Glued-On Moustache, Mortdecai
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
Kevin James and EITHER His Segue OR His Glued-On Moustache,Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
Adam Sandler and Any Pair of Shoes, The Cobbler

Andy Fickman, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
Tom Six, Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
Sam Taylor-Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
Josh Trank, Fantastic Four
Andy and Lana Wachowski, Jupiter Ascending

Fantastic Four (screenplay by Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater and Josh Trank, Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)
Fifty Shades of Grey (screenplay by Kelly Marcel, Based on the Novel by E.L. James)
Jupiter Ascending (written by Andy and Lana Wachowski)
Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 (screenplay by Kevin James & Nick Bakay)
Pixels (screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, Story by Herlihy, Based on a Work by Patrick Jean)

Elizabeth Banks (RAZZIE “Winner” for MOVIE 47, Multiple Hit Movies This Year)
M. Night Shyamalan (Perennial RAZZIE nominee & “winner,” director of The Visit)
Will Smith (For following up After Earth with Concussion)
Sylvester Stallone (All-Time RAZZIE Champ, award contender forCreed)

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