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Razzies 2018: The Emoji Movie and Tom Cruise among winners

The Emoji Movie

Story by Jack Foley

ANIMATED kids film The Emoji Movie has been named the worst picture of 2017 at the Golden Raspberry awards (aka the Razzies).

The ‘top’ award means that the film becomes the first animated feature in 38 years to earn the unwanted accolade.

“Leading this year’s list of movie-misfires is the emoticon-based, talking poop opus,” the Razzies said in a statement announcing the recipients.

It added that the film came in a year when ‘Hollywood’s recycled trash heap attained an all-time high’ and saw a ‘toxic-level lack of originality’.

The Emoji Movie picked up three further awards, for worst screenplay, worst director (Tony Leondis) and worst screen combo, which was given to “any two obnoxious emojis” from the movie.

If the animated film, which became a box office hit in spite of poor reviews, emerged as the main winner at this year’s Razzies, there were still other recipients at the ceremony – held in its traditional berth of the Saturday before the Oscars.

Tom Cruise picked up best actor for his performance in box office flop The Mummy, while Tyler Perry was named worst actress for Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.

Mel Gibson was named worst supporting actor for Daddy’s Home 2, while Kim Basinger won the female equivalent for her performance in Fifty Shades Darker, which also took the award for worst remake, rip-off or sequel.

Baywatch won the inaugural Special Rotten Tomatoes Award: The Razzie Nominee So Bad You Loved It! The award is the result of an online poll held in conjunction with the review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Winners in full

Worst picture
The Emoji Movie

Worst actress
Tyler Perry, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

Worst actor
Tom Cruise, The Mummy

Worst supporting actor
Mel Gibson, Daddy’s Home 2

Worst supporting actress
Kim Basinger, Fifty Shades Darker

Worst screen combo
Any two obnoxious emojis, The Emoji Movie

Worst remake, rip-off or sequel
Fifty Shades Darker

Worst director
Tony Leondis, The Emoji Movie

Worst screenplay
The Emoji Movie

Special Rotten Tomatoes Award: The Razzie Nominee So Bad You Loved It!