2015 Razzie Nominees Honor — Yes, Honor — Keanu Reeves, Kristen Stewart and Others

By  · Published on January 14th, 2015

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After 35 years, it’s time for the Razzies to apologize. The annual occasion to dishonor the worst in movies has long been criticized for itself being one of the worst things to happen to cinema. They crap on easy targets more than they serve a good cause, and the majority of their nominees in recognition of awful filmmaking and performances in 2014 proves little exception. There’s another Transformers movie, another Adam Sandler movie, another movie starring someone from Twilight, and it’s mostly the same handful of titles represented in each category. Transformers: Age of Extinction tops with seven nominations and Saving Christmas and The Legend of Hercules got six, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got five, A Million Ways to Die in the West got four and each with three are Left Behind, Sex Tape, The Expendables 3 and Blended.

The apology, however, comes in the form of a new Golden Raspberry category for past Razzie nominees and winers who’ve turned the quality of their work around. The Razzie Redeemer Award contenders in the backhanded honor’s inaugural appearance are Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Keanu Reeves, Kristen Stewart and Mike Myers. The last is due to the actor’s directorial debut with Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. So, apparently the Razzies are not only being positive, they’re celebrating documentary. I’d argue that Supermensch is in fact one of the worst docs of 2014, and from what I hear Cake isn’t really enough to claim Aniston is redeemed for past offenses with her Razzie nominees for The Bounty Hunter (two of them), Just Go With It and The Switch and as one of the stars of Friends, but we can let them have their moment of good spirits.

Who wins that new award is not up to the people who choose the Razzies, though. Maybe they just bring themselves to be so nice. Instead, you and me get to vote for the Redeemer, via Rotten Tomatoes. I’m going to bet most of us will go with Reeves, who is being recognized for John Wick. See what the other Redeemer nominees have been redeemed by as well as the rest of the 2015 Razzie contenders below. The “winners” and winner will be announced in a ceremony held in Hollywood on February 21st.

Worst Picture
Left Behind (Freestyle Releasing)
The Legend of Hercules (Summit Entertainment)
Saving Christmas (Samuel Goldwyn)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Paramount)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount)

Worst Actor
Nicolas Cage in Left Behind
Kirk Cameron in Saving Christmas
Kellan Lutz in The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane in A Million Ways to Die in the West
Adam Sandler in Blended

Worst Actress
Drew Barrymore in Blended
Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman and Sex Tape
Melissa McCarthy in Tammy
Charlize Theron in A Million Ways to Die in the West
Gaia Weiss in The Legend of Hercules

Worst Supporting Actor
Mel Gibson in The Expendables 3
Kelsey Grammer in The Expendables 3, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (voice only), Think Like a Man Too and Transformers: Age of Extinction
Shaquille O’Neal in Blended
Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Expendables 3
Kiefer Sutherland in Pompeii

Worst Supporting Actress
Cameron Diaz in Annie
Megan Fox in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nicola Peltz in Transformers: Age of Extinction
Bridgette Cameron Ridenour in Saving Christmas
Susan Sarandon in Tammy

Worst Screen Combo
Any two robots, actors (or robotic actors) in Transformers: Age of Extinction
Kirk Cameron and his ego in Saving Christmas
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in Sex Tape
Kellan Lutz and either his abs, his pecs or his glutes in The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron in A Million Ways to Die in the West

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
Annie (Columbia)
Atlas Shrugged: Part III (Atlas)
The Legend of Hercules (Summit Entertainment)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Paramount)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount)

Worst Director
Michael Bay for Transformers: Age of Extinction
Darren Doane for Saving Christmas
Renny Harlin for The Legend of Hercules
Jonathan Liebesman for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Seth MacFarlane for A Million Ways to Die in the West

Worst Screenplay
Left Behind (screenplay by Paul LaLonde and John Patus, based on the novel by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins)
Saving Christmas (written by Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey)
Sex Tape (screenplay by Kate Angelo, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, story by Kate Angelo)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (screenplay by Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Evan Daugherty, based on the characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (screenplay by Ehren Kruger, based on Hasbro’s Transformers action figures)

The Razzie Redeemer Award
Ben Affleck (From RAZZIE “Winner” for Gigli to Oscar Darling for Argo and Gone Girl)
Jennifer Aniston (From 4-Time RAZZIE Nominee to SAG Award Nominee for Cake)
Mike Myers (From RAZZIE “Winner” for The Love Guru to Documentary Director of Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon)
Keanu Reeves (From 6-Time RAZZIE Nominee to Critically Acclaimed John Wick)
Kristen Stewart (From RAZZIE “Winner” for The Twilight Saga to the Art House Hit Camp X-Ray)

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.