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'Movie 43', 'After Earth' & 'Grown Ups 2' rule 2014's Razzie nominations

Tonight, tinseltown’s best and brightest will be heading to bed early in hopes that tomorrow morning they will be awoken by a call from an ecstatic agent telling them that they are in line for Oscar gold. But earlier today, many of those same actors recoiled when nominees for the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards (“The Razzies”) were announced, and they were “honored” for being in one of the worst films released in 2013.

A poster for the film, Movie 43, nominated for the coveted Golden Raspberry Award for 2014.
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A poster for Grown Ups 2, nominee for Worst Film in the 2014 Razzie awards.
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Two years ago, Adam Sandler swept the entire awards show in an unprecedented showing. Although the Razzies chose to award the bulk of last year’s statuettes to the Twilight finale, another year has passed and Sandler is back where he belongs; shining in the light of the golden berry. His film Grown Ups 2 received nominations in all but one category. Unfortunately he has some tough competition this year. This year’s film to beat is Movie 43, featuring an A-list cast of award-winning actors. Critic Mark Kermode said it best it when he ruminated on how the film was cast: “My only theory is that somewhere, [Director] Farrelly has photographs of all of them doing unspeakable things with barnyard animals.”

Just like most critics do with their top10 worst list every year, the Razzies tend to pick on big blockbuster moneymakers rather than indie low-hanging fruit. The nominations are chosen by the members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation (of which there are just over 750). Anyone, including you, can become a member for as little as $40. For the third year in a row, the Razzies have made an attempt to expand the brand by having viewers of RottenTomatoes pick the nominees for one category. This year, members had 12 possible nominees to choose from to constuct the final ballot for Worst Screen Combo (a mixture of past year’s Worst Screen Ensemble and Worst Screen Couple). Nearly 62,000 people cast their ballots.

There needs to be a televised Razzies show. With past Oscar winners like Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry actually showing up to receive their awards in good spirits, the idea certainly seems like a possibility. However, any nominees and winners would have to not take themselves to seriously. It takes a wealth of character to have the humility to accept a Razzie in public. That maybe a little too much to ask of Hollywood’s actors. This year, however, the Razzies are at least trying to expand their empire by creating an Indiegogo page to secure donations for the ceremony

The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation is run by co-founder John Wilson, author of “The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood’s Worst.” In the official press release, the Foundation had this to say about 2014’s batch of nominees:

Garnering their first ever RAZZIE® nods are some of the silver screen's most recognizable luminaries, including past Oscar® nominees Johnny Depp and Naomi Watts as well as up-and-comers making crummy choices like Jaden Smith and Selena Gomez. The list also includes several "Repeat Offenders", returning for more pie-in-the-face/light-hearted joshing from the only folks whose statuette no one wants to win. Going for a possible 3rd Worst Actor "win" in a row, Adam Sandler is back, alongside such RAZZIE® stalwarts (and past "winners") as Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan, Taylor Lautner, Tyler Perry and The Awl Time RAZZIE® Cham-Peeen Sylvester Stallone, snagging a staggering 31st nomination for three 2013 dogs, BULLET TO THE HEAD, ESCAPE PLAN and GRUDGE MATCH.

Without further ado, here is the complete list of nominees for the 34th annual Razzie Awards:

Worst Film:

Worst Actor:

  • Johnny Depp The Lone Ranger
  • Ashton Kutcher Jobs
  • Adam Sandler Grown Ups 2
  • Jaden Smith After Earth
  • Sylvester Stallone Bullet to the Head, Grudge Match & Escape Plan

Worst Actress:

  • Halle Berry The Call & Movie 43
  • Selena Gomez Getaway
  • Lindsay Lohan The Canyons
  • Tyler Perry A Madea Christmas
  • Naomi Watts Diana & Movie 43

Worst Supporting Actor:

  • Chris Brown Battle of the Year
  • Larry the Cable Guy A Madea Christmas
  • Taylor Lautner Grown Ups 2
  • Will Smith After Earth
  • Nick Swardson Grown Ups 2 & A Haunted House

Worst Supporting Actress:

  • Selma Hayek Grown Ups 2
  • Katherine Heigl The Big Wedding
  • Kim Kardashian Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
  • Lady Gaga Machete Kills
  • Lindsay Lohan InAPPropriate Comedy & Scary Movie 5

Worst Director:

  • Dennis Dugan Grown Ups 2
  • Tyler Perry A Madea Christmas & Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
  • M. Night Shyamalan After Earth
  • Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner & Jonathan van Tulleken Movie 43
  • Gore Verbinsky The Lone Ranger

Worst Screenplay:

  • After Earth M. Night Shyamalan, Gary Whitta & Will Smith
  • Grown Ups 2 Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy & Fred Wolf
  • The Lone Ranger Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
  • A Madea Christmas Tyler Perry
  • Movie 43 Ricky Blitt, Steve Baker, Will Carlough, Tobias Carlson, Jacob Fleisher, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Claes Kjellstom, Jack Kukoda, Bob Odenkirk, Bill O’Malley, Matthew Alec Portenoy, Greg Pritikin, Rocky Russo, Olle Sarri, Elizabeth Shapiro, Jeremy Sosenko, Jonathan van Tulleken & Jonas Wittenmark

Worst Screen Combo:

  • The Entire Cast of Grown Ups 2
  • The Entire Cast of Movie 43
  • Tyler Perry & EITHER Larry the Cable Guy OR That Worn Out Wig & Dress A Madea Christmas
  • Jaden Smith & Will Smith on Planet Nepotism After Earth
  • Lindsay Lohan & Charlie Sheen Scary Movie 5

Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel:

  • Grown Ups 2
  • The Hangover Part III
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Scary Movie 5
  • The Smurfs 2

The winners of the 34th annual Razzies will be announced on March 1, one day before the Academy Awards.

There are a few films that were in the Razzie’s short list but were lucky enough to escape nomination. They are: 47 Ronin, Bad Grandpa, Broken City, Dead Man Down, The Family, Free Birds, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, A Good Day to Die Hard, The Great Gatsby, Homefront, The Host, The Lords of Salem, Tyler Perry’s Peeples, R.I.P.D., Riddick, We’re the Millers & White House Down.

Did a particularly awful film or performance from 2013 not get a mention? What was the worst experience you had at the movies last year? Leave a comment below.

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