Fifty Shades Of Grey named Worst Picture

NEW YORK • The erotic box-office hit Fifty Shades Of Grey led the pack last Saturday for the annual Razzies shaming Hollywood's worst movies, while Rocky star Sylvester Stallone punched his way to a special Redeemer Award for his Oscar- nominated turn in Creed.

Fifty Shades Of Grey, based on the best-selling E.L. James novel, dominated the tongue-in-cheek awards announced annually on the eve of the Oscars. Its stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson were whacked as Worst Actor and Actress, as well as Worst Screen Combo.

The smash hit from Universal Pictures, which earned US$571 million (S$803 million) worldwide, also took Worst Screenplay and tied with the sci-fi adventure Fantastic Four as Worst Picture.

Stallone, 69, who is seen as an Oscar front-runner for reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa in Creed, won the Razzie Redeemer Award for going from an "all-time Razzie champ to 2015 award contender".

He was not alone in being lauded by the Razzies and the Oscars in the course of a single weekend.

He was joined by Eddie Redmayne, who was named Worst Supporting Actor for the sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending. Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar last year and is nominated again yesterday for The Danish Girl.

Fantastic Four also took Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, and Worst Director for Josh Trank.

Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco took Worst Supporting Actress for her roles in Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip and The Wedding Ringer.

The Razzie nominees and winners are selected by 943 voting Razzie members in 48 states and more than 20 foreign countries. Anyone can sign up to vote, with memberships starting at US$40.

REUTERS

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