With seven nominations, Transformers tops Razzies 'worst film' category

  • Reuters, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2015 17:06 IST

Director Michael Bay's special effects spectacle Transformers: Age of Extinction led all movies in ignominy with seven Razzie Awards nominations, including worst picture, screenplay and director.

Action fantasy film The Legend of Hercules and faith-based film Saving Christmas starring Kirk Cameron trailed close behind with six nods each for the year's "worst achievements in film," organisers of the 35th Golden Raspberry Awards said on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's formal announcement.

Winners of the Razzies, an annual tongue-in-cheek antidote to Hollywood's awards season, will be announced on Feb. 21, the eve of the Academy Awards.

Transformers was the fifth most popular film at the US box office in 2014 with $245 million in ticket sales. It has earned more than $1 billion worldwide.

Worst picture nominees also include Hercules, Saving Christmas, action-comedy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and thriller Left Behind starring Nicolas Cage.

Organisers called this year's batch of contenders the "cinematic equivalent of re-treaded tires."

Cameron Diaz is up for the spray-painted golden raspberry statuettes as worst actress in romantic comedies The Other Woman and Sex Tape as well as worst supporting actress for Annie. She shares a nod for worst screen combo with Sex Tape costar Jason Segel.

Seth MacFarlane also picked up multiple nods for his Western satire A Million Ways to Die in the West, including worst actor, screen combo with Charlize Theron and worst director.

Kelsey Grammer earned a worst supporting actor nomination for four films this past year: Expendables 3, Legends of Oz, Think Like a Man Too and Transformers.

Perennial Razzie favorite Adam Sandler only earned one nomination for his role in romantic comedy Blended. His costar Drew Barrymore also scored a nod for her role.

The winner of a new category this year, the redeemer award, will be determined by online vote. The award will honor a past Razzie winner who has recently earned acclaim.

The nominees are Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Mike Myers, Keanu Reeves and Kristen Stewart.

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