Los Angeles (AFP): Zoolander, and Batman v Superman topped nominations announced Monday for the Razzies, Hollywood’s anti-awards celebrating the worst films of 2016.
Leading the list is “Zoolander No. 2.” — “the 15-years-too-late sequel” — with nine nominations including for worst picture, worst actor (Ben Stiller) and worst supporting actress (Kristen Wiig).
In second place comes the superhero movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” described as a “WTF comic book battle-royale.”
The Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill film, which scored big at the box office earning nearly $900 million, got eight nominations including for worst picture, worst director (Zack Snyder) and worst actor (Affleck).
Both “Zoolander” and “Batman v Superman” also earned nods for worst ripoff, remake, prequel or sequel.
“2016 was so overfull of bad movies that we had to expand every category from the usual five contenders to six,” organizers said in announcing this year’s crop of nominees.
The other Worst Picture contenders are “Dirty Grandpa,” “Gods of Egypt,” “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”
On the acting front, Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp, Megan Fox, Tyler Perry, Julia Roberts, Naomi Watts and Shailene Woodley were among stars given the dubious honor of being nominated for a Golden Raspberry.
The nominees in eight of nine categories were chosen in an online vote by 1,014 voting Razzie members from 49 US states and 24 countries. The nominees for Worst Screen Combo were selected by thousands of users of the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
The winners will be announced on February 25, the eve of the Oscars.
The Razzies were created in 1980 as an antidote to Hollywood’s star-studded back-slapping annual awards season, which this year climaxes on February 26 with the 89th Oscars.