Fifty Shades of Grey was the big winner — or should we say loser — at this year’s Golden Raspberry Awards on Saturday night.
The annual event, better known as the “Razzies”, is held the night before the Oscars and honors the worst performances and films of the past year. This year it was director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of E.L. James’ hit novel of the same name — despite the film making over $570 million at the box office.
The film won five Razzies total, including Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Combo for the chemistry — or lack thereof — between stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. Both stars also topped the acting categories, with Dornan winning the Worst Actor prize for his portrayal of S&M-obsessed billionaire businessman Christian Grey and Johnson picking up the Worst Actress award for playing naive college virgin Anastasia Steele, who actually signs a contract to be Grey’s sexual slave.
Fifty Shades also tied for the Worst Film of the Year award with the remake of Marvel superhero flick “Fantastic Four”. The film — which still puzzles us as to why it was even necessary to remake — also took the trophy for the Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel; and director Josh Trank (who was thankfully booted from the forthcoming second stand-alone “Star Wars” film — presumably the one about Han Solo), landed the Worst Director award for the film.
The three other films nominated for the Worst Film of the Year (because we know you want to know) were “Jupiter Ascending”, “Pixels” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”. We think it should’ve been a five-way tie.
Current Oscar-nominee Eddie Redmayne, who won the Best Actor award at last year’s Academy Awards for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” and is nominated this year for his role in “The Danish Girl”, was given the Worst Supporting Actor award for his role in “Jupiter Ascending”, so even if Best Actor favorite Leonardo DiCaprio beats him to the Oscar at tonight’s ceremony, at least he gets to walk away with one award this weekend.
Speaking of Stephen Hawking, “The Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco landed the Worst Supporting Actress award for two roles: “The Wedding Ringer” and for her voice part in “Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip”.
The razzies, “created in 1980 as the comical counterpoint to Tinsel Town’s annual glut of self congratulatory awards,” aren’t all about the bad, though, this year Sylvester Stallone landed the Razzies’ Redeemer Award, given to the one star who has a career-redeeming year. Stallone reprised his role as Rocky Balboa in “Creed”, and his performance has made him the frontrunner to win this year’s Best Supporting Oscar. Stallone beat out Elizabeth Banks, M. Night Shyamalan and Will Smith. We’re not sure if Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, boycotted the Razzies or not.
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