‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ named worst picture at anti-Oscar Razzie awards

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ named worst picture at anti-Oscar Razzie awards
'Fifty Shades of Grey takes home Worst Picture alongside 'Fantastic Four' at the 2016 Golden Raspberry Awards

LOS ANGELES, USA – Erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey triumphed Saturday, February 27 (Sunday, February 28) at Hollywood’s hall of shame, the annual Razzies anti-awards show.

The steamy romance – described as a “warped, disturbingly abusive adult fairy tale” by movie website The Film Stage – took the Golden Raspberry Award for joint worst picture alongside superhero flick Fantastic Four.

The big screen adaptation of EL James’ sexually explicit novel also took home worst screenplay, worst actor for Jamie Dornan, worst actress for Dakota Johnson, and worst screen combo for the pair.

Fantastic Four, which ran Fifty Shades closest to top the roll of dishonor, also bagged worst director for Josh Trank and worst remake, rip-off or sequel.

The superhero flop was rated at 9 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes movie ranking website, where it is described as “dull and downbeat,” and a “woefully misguided,” humorless adaption of the comic.

In the 36th annual Razzies, hosted at the Palace Theater in downtown Los Angeles, the worst supporting actress was won by Kaley Cuoco for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.

Eddie Redmayne – an Oscar nominee for best actor for the Danish Girl – was named worst supporting actor for his bizarre turn in Jupiter Ascending as Emperor Balem Abrasax.

The Razzies were created in 1980 as an antidote to Hollywood’s star-studded, back-slapping annual awards season, which climaxes on Sunday, February 28 with the 88th Oscars. (READ: What surprises are in store for Oscars 2016?)

“The $4.97 gold spray-painted Razzie Award is handed out to otherwise great talent who should know better than to associate their name with sub-par projects,” the awards show says on its Twitter bio. 

All but one of the Razzie categories are chosen by the 800 or so members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, who earn voting rights by paying a $40 membership fee, with a $25 annual renewal.

Nominees very rarely attend the Razzies. 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. – Rappler.com

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