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‘Trans4fers’ and Crazy Christians Lead Razzie Noms

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It was a great day for Michael Bay! That is if getting an award nomination regardless of the implications of said award is cause for celebration. Still, seven nominations is nothing to sneeze at, and Transformers: Age of Extinction is the most honored movie of the year for the 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards. Compounding the laurels (darts) for Bay is that his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which he co-produced, received five nominations including the coveted Worst Picture trophy. Other top nominees include Saving Christmas and The Legend of Hercules, which received six nominations, but it seems that the Razzies are also losing some of their vitriol in the second half of its fourth decade as, for the first time this year, their giving out an award for coming back after multiple Razzie nominations and/or wins. This year’s Worst of the Worst is compiled below.

This year, it seems like the Razzies are Bayhem’s to lose with Transformers up for Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor for Kelsey Grammer, Worst Supporting Actress for Nicola Peltz, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director for Bay himself. TMNT meanwhile will compete with Transformers for many of those same categories, including Worst Supporting Actress Megan Fox who was nominated for her role as “the human,” April O’Neil, in the film.

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To the Razzies!

It was also a bad year the Super Christ-y. Along with Saving Christmas‘ six nominations, the remake of Left Behind, which is based on a series of 15 novels about sinners left to endure seven years of tribulations on Earth after the faithful get Raptured up, walked away with three nominations for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and Worst Actor for Nicolas Cage. As for Saving Christmas, which even a self-delusional Facebook post by star Kirk Cameron couldn’t save from a total box office gross of $2.7 million, will be competing against Transformers and TMNT in most major categories. Cameron himself, once known as the loveable rogue Mick Seaver on Growing Pains before he found Jesus and became a sanctimonious prick, personally received a Worst Actor nod and a nomination for Worst Screen Combo for himself and his ego.

The Legend of Hercules star Kellan Lutz will face off against Cameron with both categories. Lutz is also up for Worst Actor and Worst Screen Combo with himself and “Either His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes.” Meanwhile, Hercules director Renny Harlin will have a hard time standing out in the Worst Director category facing off against Bay, TMNT director Jonathan Liebesman, former Blink 182 video director Darren Doane for Saving Christmas, and former Oscar host Seth MacFarlane for A Million Ways to Die in the West. It’s worth nothing that The Legend of Hercules is not to be confused with Hercules, the other movie about the mythological Greek demi-god that came out last year. Despite being directed by Brett Ratner, it is not up for Worst anything at this year’s Razzies.

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Wrong Hercules.

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Right Hercules!

The new category for the Razzies this year – the Redeemer Award – will be a slugfest between Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Keanu Reeves, Kristen Stewart and Mike Myers. The new category is in recognition of the fact that “past nominees and ‘winners’ can (and often do) go on to far far better things,” which is kind of unfair in some of those cases. Affleck made up for Gigli ages ago, and Stewart was often doing interesting, more compelling things between Twilight gigs. Myers, meanwhile, I think has a long way to go to make up for the nuclear awfulness of The Love Guru, but that’s one man’s opinion.

Here are the nominees courtesy of the Razzies’ website:

Worst Picture

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Left Behind
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Worst Actor

Kirk Cameron – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Nicolas Cage – Left Behind
Kellan Lutz – The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane – A Million Ways to Die in the West
Adam Sandler – Blended

Worst Supporting Actor

Mel Gibson – The Expendables 3
Kelsey Grammer – The Expendables 3, Legends of Oz, Think Like a Man Too, Transformers: Age of Extinction
Shaquille O’Neal – Blended
Arnold Schwarzenegger – The Expendables 3
Kiefer Sutherland – Pompeii

Worst Actress

Drew Barrymore – Blended
Cameron Diaz – The Other Woman and Sex Tape
Melissa McCarthy – Tammy
Charlize Theron – A Million Ways to Die in the West
Gaia Weiss – The Legend of Hercules

Worst Supporting Actress

Cameron Diaz – Annie
Megan Fox – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nicola Peltz – Transformers: Age of Extinction
Susan Sarandon – Tammy
Brigitte Ridenour (nee Cameron) – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

Worst Director

Michael Bay – Transformers: Age of Extinction
Darren Doane – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Renny Harlin – The Legend of Hercules
Jonathan Liebesman – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Seth MacFarlane – A Million Ways to Die in the West

Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel

Annie
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Worst Screen Combo

Any Two Robots, Actors (Robotic Actors) – Transformers: Age of Extinction
Kirk Cameron and His Ego – Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel – Sex Tape
Kellan Lutz and Either His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes – The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron – A Million Ways to Die in the West

Worst Screenplay

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Left Behind
Sex Tape
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Redeemer Award

Ben Affleck – from Gigli to Argo and Gone Girl
Jennifer Aniston – from four-time Razzie nominee to Cake
Mike Myers – from The Love Guru to directing Supermensch
Keanu Reeves – from six-time Razzie nominee to John Wick
Kristen Stewart – from six-time Razzie winner for Twilight to Camp X-Ray

The Razzies will be handed out on “Oscar Eve,” 8pm on Saturday February 21 at 8 pm at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.

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