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Razzies 2020: all the films in the running to be crowned the worst of the year

Cats and Rambo: Last Blood lead the way at the annual awards

Critics consigned ‘Cats’ to the litter tray. Universal / YouTube
Critics consigned ‘Cats’ to the litter tray. Universal / YouTube

The widely panned movie musical Cats and four of its stars were nominated on Saturday, February 8, for Razzie awards, an annual rite that lampoons the worst of cinema.

James Corden, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson and ballerina Francesca Hayward received Razzie acting nominations for their Cats roles, in which they were costumed in digitally created fur. Oscar winner Dench was singled out for “looking suspiciously similar to The Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz,” organisers said in a statement announcing this year’s nominees.

Overall, Cats was given eight Razzie nominations, tying for the lead with Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, and Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood. All three movies are in the running for worst picture, alongside psychological thriller The Fanatic and horror flick The Haunting of Sharon Tate.

Cats, an adaptation of the popular Broadway musical of the same name, was released in December and drew widespread ridicule from film critics. The $95 million (Dh348.8m) production flopped at the box office, taking only $69.7 million at cinemas worldwide, reported Box Office Mojo.

The tongue-in-cheek Razzies, created in 1980, serve as an antidote to Hollywood’s glitzy Academy Awards ceremony. Nominees were announced a day before the bestowing of the Oscars, the highest honours in the movie industry.

John Travolta received two Razzie nominations this year for The Fanatic and Trading Paint, as did Anne Hathaway for The Hustle and Serenity. Her Serenity co-star Matthew McConaughey also was named.

The worst screen combo category piled on Cats with a nomination for “any two half-feline/half-human hairballs.”

It was not all bad news. Eddie Murphy was nominated for the Razzie Redeemer Reward for his role in Dolemite is My Name, along with Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers and Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems. The redeemer award goes to a past Razzie nominee or winner who has since earned acclaim.

Razzie nominees and winners are voted for online by about 1,000 Razzie members from more than two dozen countries, who sign up online and pay a $40 membership fee.

Organisers have not unveiled a date for the announcement of the winners.

Here’s a complete list of all the nominations:

Worst Picture

Cats

The Fanatic

The Haunting of Sharon Tate

A Madea Family Funeral

Rambo: Last Blood

Worst Actor

James Franco, Zeroville

David Harbour, Hellboy

Matthew McConaughey, Serenity

Sylvester Stallone, Rambo: Last Blood

John Travolta, The Fanatic, Trading Paint

Worst Actress

Hilary Duff, The Haunting of Sharon Tate

Anne Hathaway, The Hustle, Serenity

Francesca Hayward, Cats

Tyler Perry (as Madea), A Madea Family Funeral

Rebel Wilson, The Hustle

Worst Supporting Actor

James Corden, Cats

Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral (as “Joe”)

Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral (as “Uncle Heathrow”)

Seth Rogen, Zeroville

Bruce Willis, Glass

Worst Supporting Actress

Jessica Chastain, Dark Phoenix

Cassi Davis, A Madea Family Funeral

Judi Dench, Cats

Fenessa Pineda, Rambo: Last Blood

Rebel Wilson, Cats

Worst Screen Combo

Any Two Half-Feline/Half-Human Hairballs, Cats

Jason Derulo and his CGI-Neutered “Bulge”, Cats

Tyler Perry and Tyler Perry (or Tyler Perry), A Madea Family Funeral

Sylvester Stallone & His Impotent Rage, Rambo: Last Blood

John Travolta and Any Screenplay He Accepts

Worst Director

Fred Durst, The Fanatic

James Franco, Zeroville

Adrian Grunberg, Rambo: Last Blood

Tom Hooper, Cats

Neil Marshall, Hellboy

Worst Screenplay

Cats, Lee Hall, Tom Hooper

The Haunting of Sharon Tate, Daniel Farrands

Hellboy, Andrew Cosby

A Madea Family Funeral, Tyler Perry

Rambo: Last Blood, Matthew Cirulnick, Sylvester Stallone

Worse Remake, Rip-off or Sequel

Dark Phoenix

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Hellboy

A Madea Family Funeral

Rambo: Last Blood

Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property

Dragged Across Concrete

The Haunting of Sharon Tate

Hellboy

Joker

Rambo: Last Blood

Razzie Redeemer Award

Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name

Keanu Reeves, John Wick 3, Toy Story 4

Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers

Will Smith, Aladdin

Updated: February 9, 2020 05:46 PM

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