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LOS ANGELES-Big budget sci-fi flop “After Earth” and ensemble comedy “Movie 43” led the Razzie Awards on Saturday while annual favourite Adam Sandler went home empty-handed at the ceremony that mauled Hollywood’s worst films and performances of the year.
“After Earth,” starring Will Smith and his teenage son Jaden, picked up three gold spray-painted raspberry accolades: Jaden Smith for worst actor, Will Smith for worst supporting actor and worst screen combo for the father-son stars. The $130 million film, co-written by Will Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, was a major flop for Sony Corp’s Columbia Pictures last year, grossing just $60 million at the U.S. and Canadian box office.
Relativity Media’s “Movie 43,” which features 16 off-beat comedy sketches with stars such as Halle Berry, Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman, won worst picture, worst screenplay for its 19 screenwriters, and worst director for its 13 filmmakers. The Razzies, created in 1980 as an antidote to the backslapping of Hollywood’s awards season and now in its 34th year, is held on the evening before the glitzy Oscars ceremony, the biggest night of honors for the film industry.
The Razzie awards are selected by about 800 members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, who can purchase a membership for online voting rights in the annual panning of films. Eight of the nine categories are voted by members, while the ninth for worst screen combo was determined by more than 80,000 votes on movie review website RottenTomatoes.com. The award winners rarely attend to collect their statuettes in person, although Sandra Bullock notably attended in 2010 to collect her worst actress and worst screen couple awards for “All About Steve,” the night before she won the best actress Oscar for “The Blind Side.”
Sandler, who has earned more than 20 Razzie nominations over the course of his career, failed to win any of his seven Golden Raspberries nods this year for comedy “Grown Ups 2,” which was bludgeoned by critics. The “Wedding Singer” star won two Razzies last year for the father-son comedy “That’s My Boy” and pulled off the only “Razzie sweep” for his film “Jack and Jill” in 2012, winning all 10 awards handed out that year. This year’s worst actress went to another Razzie regular, actor-director Tyler Perry in drag for the lead character of “A Madea Christmas.” Reality TV personality Kim Kardashian was named worst supporting actress for her role in “Tyler Perry’s Temptation.”
Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” film starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, one of last summer’s notable big-budget flops, was named worst remake/rip-off or sequel. The film, made for more than $200 million, failed to perform at the box office and lost $190 million for the studio.
“After Earth” starring Will Smith and son Jaden earned three Golden Raspberries on Saturday at the annual Razzie worst-of film awards, Hollywood’s hall of shame. A day before the Oscars, spoof comedy compilation “Movie 43” won worst picture, while Adam Sandler, a perennial Razzie favorite, went home empty-handed despite being nominated in seven categories. Jaden Smith won worst actor, while his Hollywood A-list dad Will earned worst supporting actor, and the father-and-son team were named the Worst Screen Combo.
The duo was “stranded on Planet Nepotism,” Razzies founder John Wilson said at the award ceremony. Another of last year’s big box office duds, “The Lone Ranger” starring Johnny Depp - on which Disney took a $200 million write-off - was named “Worst Re-Make/Rip Off or Sequel.  “Movie 43,” an anthology of short films featuring stars including Richard Gere, Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet, took the top prize of the night, as well as worst director and worst screenplay.
Tyler Perry was named worst actress for his cross-dressing title role in “A Madea Christmas,” while US reality TV star Kim Kardashian won worst supporting actress for “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.” But Sandler failed to make it three worst actor awards in a row, despite earning seven nods for his latest film, “Grown Ups 2.” The actor won in 2012 for his cross-dressing romp “Jack and Jill,” and last year for the lowbrow comedy “That’s My Boy.”
Other nominated actors were Johnny Depp for “The Lone Ranger,” Ashton Kutcher for his role as Apple founder Steve Jobs in “Jobs,” and tough guy Sylvester Stallone for three films: cop action flick “Bullet to the Head,” prison escape flick “Escape Plan” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and “Grudge Match” about a rematch of ageing boxers with Robert De Niro. Also left empty handed were previous winner - and Oscar laureate - Halle Berry, who is one of the few to have actually shown up to claim her prize. She was nominated this year for both “The Call” and “Movie 43.”
Others shortlisted included troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan, singers Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga, and Naomi Watts for her less-than-loved work in “Diana” and “Movie 43.” Nominees very rarely attend the Razzies, usually held in small venues somewhere in Los Angeles or nearby. Sandra Bullock turned up to accept worst actress in 2010 for “All About Steve,” a day before winning best actress Oscar for “The Blind Side.” Bullock is nominated for best actress on Sunday, for space drama “Gravity.”
The Razzies were created in 1980 as an antidote to Hollywood’s star-studded back-slapping annual awards season, which climaxes Sunday with the 86th Academy Awards. Eight of the nine Razzie categories are chosen by the 800 or so members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, who earn voting rights by paying an $40 membership fee, with a $25 annual renewal. The ninth category, Worst Screen Combo, is voted determined by ratings from more than 80,000 users of the Rotten Tomatoes movie review website.