In what apparently qualifies as good news for Adam Sandler, the comic actor is no longer the favored target at the Razzie Awards.
The 34th annual “celebration” of the worst in cinema took place on Saturday night, in its traditional slot the night before the Oscars, with Sandler and his film “Grown Ups 2” being completely shut out despite going into the show with a field-leading eight nominations.
Instead of loving to hate Sandler, Razzie voters loved to hate Will Smith‘s “After Earth” and the misbegotten anthology film “Movie 43,” each of which “won” a trio of “awards” designed to single out the year’s worst cinematic achievements.
“Movie 43” was named worst picture, while its 13 credited directors and 19 credited screenwriters shared the worst director and worst screenplay designations.
Smith was named worst supporting actor for the futuristic drama “After Earth,” with his teenage son Jaden named worst actor and the two of them sharing the award for worst screen combo.
If any of this qualified as a surprise, it’s because the Razzies have been on an anti-Adam Sandler kick in recent years. His film “Jack and Jill” swept the prizes in 2011 and he was named worst actor the following year for “That’s My Boy” – meaning, apparently, that “Grown Ups 2” is the least bad of his recent movies.
Tyler Perry was responsible for two other Razzies, winning the worst-actress award for “A Madea Christmas” and directing Kim Kardashian to a worst-supporting-actress prize for “Tyler Perry‘s Temptation.”
Worst Picture: “Movie 43”
Worst Director: The 13 people who directed “Movie 43”
Worst Actor: Jaden Smith, “After Earth”
Worst Actress: Tyler Perry, “A Madea Christmas”
Worst Supporting Actor: Will Smith, “After Earth”
Worst Supporting Actress: Kim Kardashian, “Tyler Perry‘s Temptation”
Worst Screenplay: “Movie 32,” written by 19 “screenwriters”
Worst Screen Combo: Jaden Smith and Will Smith on Planet Nepotism, “After Earth”
Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel: “The Lone Ranger”