Adam Sandler sets Razzie record for worst movies
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comic actor Adam Sandler may not be in the running for an Oscar this year, but on Saturday he set a new record for another award -- the most Razzie nominations for the worst films and performances of 2011.
The producer, actor and writer received a leading 11 Razzie nods, including worst actor, actress, screenplay and film, in a contest created as an antidote to the love-fest that engulfs Hollywood during Oscar season.
Sandler's cross-dressing comedy "Jack & Jill" in which he played both the male and female roles, led the pack of poor movies with 12 nods. His romantic comedy "Just Go With It" got 5, and "Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star", for which Sandler wrote the screenplay, notched up 6 nominations.
But Sandler, who ironically was voted People's Choice best movie comedy actor in January, was in excellent company.
Al Pacino, regarded as one of the best living film actors, got a dishonorable mention for his cameo in "Jack & Jill". Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, got a nod for her supporting role in "Just Go With It", and Nicolas Cage was nominated worst actor for his performances in three 2011 movies -- "Trespass", "Season of the Witch" and "Drive Angry 3-D".
And the first installment in the finale of vampire romance "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" -- a favorite Razzie target -- got eight nods, including worst movie and worst acting nods for stars Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart.
The winners will be determined by 600-plus voters of the Golden Raspberry Foundation and announced on April Fool's Day, April 1.
That's a change in tradition that for years saw the Razzies handed out on the eve of the annual Academy Awards, sometimes making for a bizarre weekend. Continued...