Every year, we wait for the list that defines America’s movie elite, Academy Awards.
The flip side of the Academy Awards, the Razzie Awards, is a ceremony that is comprised of all the flops made that past year. Co-creators, John J.B. Wilson and Mo Murphy first came up with the idea when they had traditionally held a potluck party the night of the Academy Awards and would show horrible films.
As a joke, they would hand out ballots to their friends to vote on the worst movie created that year. The idea caught on and audiences flocked to the annual Razzie event.
This year, leading the list is Zoolander No. 2 — which currently has nine Razzie nominations. Some categories include; worst actor and worst supporting actress.
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Closely behind with eight nominations is the Zach Snyder movie, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The superhero film has been nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Screen Combo, Worst Director, Worst Prequel/Remake/Rip-Off/ or Sequel, and Worst Screenplay.
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Other movies that are currently in the running for awards include; Dirty Grandpa, Gods of Egypt, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, Independence Day: Resurgence, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, BOO! A Medea Halloween, Mother’s Day, The Divergent Series, Fifty Shades of Black, Snowden, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Suicide Squad.
Nominees from all categories, except Worst Screen Combo, were hand selected by 1,014 different Razzie members. Worst Screen Combo, on the other hand, was chosen by members by the movie site Rotten Tomatoes.
Unlike the Academy Awards, most nominees do not come to the event to collect their raspberry trophy. However, in the past years of the light-hearted awards show some celebrities do surprise audiences members by showing up. Tom Green, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Michael Ferris, J.D. Shapiro, and Paul Verhoeven have all collected their awards.
In tradition, the winners will be announced the day before the Oscars, February 25th.
Sarah Harley is a Hufflepuff living in the NYC area. When she is not talking to random animals or collecting stickers, she is a comedy writer working in television production. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp.