- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Fifty Shades of Grey” is all tied up with “Pixels,” ”Jupiter Ascending” and “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” for the most nominations at this year’s Golden Raspberry Awards celebrating the worst in cinema.

The films led the Razzies lineup Wednesday with six nods each, including worst picture and worst actor for Jamie Dornan in the kinky thriller “Fifty Shades of Grey”; Kevin James in the comedy sequel “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2”; Channing Tatum in the sci-fi film “Jupiter Ascending”; and Adam Sandler in the video game mash-up “Pixels” and fantasy-comedy “The Cobbler.”

The other worst picture nominee is the superhero flop “Fantastic Four,” which is also up for worst remake, screen combo, director for Josh Trank and screenplay for Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater and Trank.

The announcement of the Razzies, which launched in 1980 as a spoof of Hollywood’s awards season, comes ahead of Thursday’s Oscar nominations.

The “winners” for the 36th annual Razzies will be announced Feb. 27, the night before the 88th annual Academy Awards.

They will be selected by 900 voting members from 47 states in the United States and 21 foreign countries.

While far less star-studded than other award shows, past recipients such as Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock, have actually shown up in person to claim their gold spray-painted prizes.

“Fifty Shades of Grey,” based on E.L. James’ mega-selling book about the kinky sex-and-romance relationship of a wealthy man and a young woman, was heavily advertised — and drew $94 million in its Valentine’s Day debut.

Its sales eventually topped $500 million, making it the sixth R-rated film to reach that mark, but this was largely due to world wide sales, a Forbes movie critic wrote in March. The film “sunk like a stone” in the U.S., with sales sliding by nearly 75 percent in its second week, the Forbes article noted.

Anti-pornography and anti-domestic violence groups denounce the film, saying it glamorizes sexual bondage, degradation and sadomasochistic assault.




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