Golden Raspberry Awards: Subject Yourself to Some of the Worst Films 2016 Had to Offer

By Tom Pritchard on at

The Golden Raspberry Awards, better known as the Razzies, are the anti-Oscars. They are designed to call out the worst films the film industry has to offer in any particular year. 2016 was no exception, and on 25th February we'll get to find out which films get to declare, without any shadow of a doubt, that they were the biggest piece of shit in a steaming pile of manure.

The nominations have just been announced, and this year is special because the categories have six entrees instead of the usual five. Because there was that much shite last year. If you are truly willing to subject yourself to that much mediocrity, or you have a fetish for terrible films, this is the place you need to be.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

The sequel that probably could've arrived a few years sooner, or not at all, TIm Burton's return to Wonderland got three nominations. Worst actor (Johnny Depp), worst on-screen combo (Johnny Depp and his 'vomitously vibrant costume', as well as worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel. [Buy it here]

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Last year's gateway into the wider DC film universe certainly was divisive among the audience, but the Razzies certainly didn't feel it was all that great. The film got eight nominations including worst director, worst on-screen combo (Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill), worst supporting actor (Jesse Eisenberg), worst screenplay, worst actor (a nomination a piece for Affleck and Cavill), worst picture. It also got nominated for worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel. [Buy it here]

BOO! A Medea Halloween

Tyler Perry isn't such a big name over here, so all I really know is what I've learned from South Park. Needless to say that shouldn't be trusted, through it's clear that the Razzies don't think to highly of his work either. It got three nominations this year, including worst director, worst actress (Tyler Perry in drag), and worst on-screen combo (Tyler Perry and 'that same worn-out old wig'). [Buy it here]

Collateral Beauty

If you don't know what this one is, I wouldn't blame you. It's about a man who copes with the loss of his daughter to the concepts of time, death, and love. It's got a decent cast (like Will Smith Helen Mirren, and Keira Knightly), but that couldn't save this cast of 'once respected actors' from being universally nominated for the worst on-screen combo award. [Buy it here]

Dirty Grandpa

My how Robert De Niro has fallen, and is if Little Fockers wasn't a bad enough blotch on his filmography. The tale of a recently widowed man who drags his grandson on a road trip filled with sex, rugs, and nowhere near enough rock and roll, and does his absolute best to be as un-gentlemanly as possible. It has five nominations: worst picture, worst screenplay, worst actor (Robert De Niro), and two nominations for worst actress (Julianne Hough and Aubrey Plaza). [Buy it here]

Divergent Series: Allegiant

The franchise based on the young adult novel series had promise, and now it'll be lucky if it gets to finish off the story as a low-budget TV movie. There are two nominations here, both in the worst actress category for Naomi Watts (shared with the film Shut-in) and Shailene Woodley. [Buy it here]

Fifty Shades of Black

The golden age of rip-off parody started and ended with Scary Movie, but they still keep coming. It's obvious what Fifty Shades of Black is attempting to parody, but clearly it didn't do a particularly good job. It has two nominations: worst actress (Jane Seymour), and worst prequel, remake, rip-off, or sequel. [Buy it here]

Gods of Egypt

A film that makes the world a worse place simply by existing (that's barely a figurative analysis), it makes sense that Gods of Egypt got one hell of a lot of nominations. Five to be precise. Worst picture, worst director, worst actor (Gerard Butler, shared with London has Fallen), worst on-screen combo (literally any two gods or mortals), and worst screenplay. [Buy it here]

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

A documentary about Hilary Clinton and the US's Democratic Party, coming away with five nominations - a Razzie record for  documentary film. Among the nominations include worst actress (Rebekah Turner), worst screenplay, worst picture, worst director, and worst actor (Dinesh D'Souza). [Buy it here]

Independence Day: Resurgence

Another unnecessary sequel that we definitely could have done without, adding a further nail into the coffin of Roland Emmerich's career. It has five nominations this year: worst picture, worst director, worst supporting actress (Sela Ward), worst screenplay, and worst prequel, remake, spin-off, or sequel. [Buy it here]

Mother's Day

Another one of those ridiculous holiday-themed films that are never any good. Worse was the fact that it missed mothers day by a few months, and arrived in UK cinemas in June. Two nominations here: worst actress (Julia Roberts), and worst supporting actress (Kate Hudson). [Buy it here]

Snowden

Wait what? From damn near all accounts Snowden was a great film, yet even it wasn't safe from the wrath of the Razzies. The nomination goes to Nicholas Cage as worst supporting actor. Because if anyone ever deserved a Razzie (whatever the role), it's him. [Buy it here]

Suicide Squad

Surprisingly this doesn't have a whole lot of nominations, especially since it was considerably worse than Batman v Superman. Two nominations is all it gets: worst actor (Jared Leto), and a more than deserving worst screenplay. [Buy it here]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Nobody wanted the original Ninja Turtles film, but when Michael Bay is involved nobody else gets a say. The sequel went down a bit better, but it still wasn't good enough and the film earned itself two nominations. Worst actress (Megan Fox), and worst prequel, remake, spin-off, or sequel. [Buy it here]

Zoolander 2

Another film that nobody really asked for but, you know, nostalgia. Derek Zoolander, the most idiotic of idiotic models is back with a chubby son. Also Will Ferrell and Own Wilson are there. This has a ridiculous eight nominations, including worst picture, worst director, worst actor (Ben Stiller), worst supporting actor (Ferrell and Wilson), two nominations for worst supporting actress (Kristen Wiig), worst on-screen combo (Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson), plus worst prequel, remake, spin-off, or sequel. [Buy it here]