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Razzies 2016: Fifty Shades of Grey dominates

Fifty Shades of Grey

Story by Jack Foley

EROTIC drama Fifty Shades of Grey has dominated this year’s Razzies, the anti-Oscars that seek to ‘reward’ the worst movies of the year.

The adaptation of author EL James’s erotic novel nabbed five prizes at the Golden Raspberry awards, including a share of the worst film award along with the superhero flop Fantastic Four.

Jamie Dornan was named worst actor while his co-star Dakota Johnson – who generally received good reviews for her performance in the film – took worst actress.

The pair also pinned down the worst screen combination award, while the film itself took worst screenplay.

Nevertheless, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film, which cost $40 million to make, has taken more than $570 million at the box office globally and became Universal’s highest-grossing R–rated film globally. It is also the UK’s highest-grossing 18-rated movie, while two further movies are in the works.

Of the other winners at the awards, last year’s Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne was recognised with worst supporting actor for his OTT villain’s performance in sci-fi flop Jupiter Ascending, while Kaley Cuoco won worst supporting actress for Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip.

As well as tying for worst film of the year, Josh Trank’s much-maligned box office dud Fantastic Four was given the worst remake, rip-off or sequel prize, while Josh Trank had the indignity of beating Taylor-Johnson to the worst director gong.

There was some good news for one former Razzie winner. Sylvester Stallone, who is nominated in the supporting actor category at the Oscars for reprising his role as Rocky Balboa in Creed, was bestowed with the Razzies’ redeemer award, which lauds past Razzies recipients for recent work that has revived their careers. The actor is widely expected to win the Oscar for his performance in the Rocky spin-off.

The winners of the 36th Razzies were announced on Saturday night (February 27, 2016) at the Palace theatre in Los Angeles.

The awards were launched in 1980 as a spoof of Hollywood’s awards season. The winners were selected this year by 943 voting members from 48 US states and 20 countries.