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Razzie ‘Worst Film’ 2018 Nominations Are an Oscar-Studded Affair

Transformers and Fifty Shades receive most nominations; Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp up for ‘Worst Actor’ trophy.

Tom Cruise arrives for the premiere of the film The Mummy in New York. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Los Angeles:  Adventure movie Transformers: The Last Knight led nominations on Monday for the annual Razzie Awards for the worst films on a list packed with previous Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe.

The tongue-in-cheek Razzies, created in 1980, serve as an antidote to Hollywood’s Oscars ceremony. Winners of the year’s worst films – if they turn up – are given a gold, spray-painted trophy at a ceremony held on the eve of the Academy Awards in March.

Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest in the action franchise based on toys that change from robots to vehicles, earned nine nominations, including worst picture and worst acting nods for many of its star-studded cast, including Anthony Hopkins and Mark Wahlberg.

Razzie founder John Wilson called Fifty Shades Darker, based on the best-selling erotic novels, “more sleep-inducing than sexy,” while the reboot of Baywatch was among the worst picture contenders.

Johnny Depp – a perennial Razzie target – was singled out for what Wilson called “his worn out drunk routine” in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth entry in the franchise in a summer of Hollywood sequels and remakes.

The Premiere of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” – Los Angeles, California, US, 18/05/2017 - Actor Johnny Depp. Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Johnny Depp at the premiere of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Los Angeles. Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Lawrence and director Darren Aronofsky also felt some Razzie wrath for their horror movie Mother!, which some movie reviewers viewed as the work of a genius and others found laughable. The movie earned a rare F score from audiences and less than $45 million at the global box office.

Cruise and Crowe were among the worst actor nominees for The Mummy, while Gibson got a Razzie nod for his role in Daddy’s Home 2.

Nominees and winners of the Razzies are voted for online by around 1,000 Razzie members from 24 countries, who sign up online and pay a $40 membership fee. The winners will be announced on March 3.

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