LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If films starring Jennifer Aniston, Ashton Kutcher and the lovelorn cast of “Twilight” left you dumbfounded, you’re officially in good company.
All are prominent contenders for the Razzie Awards, an annual competition honoring Hollywood’s worst movies, actors and filmmakers, its organizer said on Monday.
Now in their 31st year, the Razzies are run by California movie buff John Wilson’s Golden Raspberry Foundation as an antidote to the self-congratulatory seriousness that engulfs Hollywood during Oscar season.
The winners, determined by 600-plus voters, will be announced during a Hollywood ceremony on February 26, the day before the Oscars are handed out. Not surprisingly, most honorees do not attend. Notable exceptions included Sandra Bullock last year for “All About Steve,” and Halle Berry in 2005 for “Catwoman.” Bullock went on to win an Oscar the next day, but for a different film.
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the latest installment in the hit franchise about vampires and werewolves, led this year’s Razzie field alongside “The Last Airbender,” director M. Night Shyamalan’s 3D martial-arts fantasy. They each received nine nominations.
“Sex and the City 2,” depicting the latest sexual adventures of four aging women, followed with seven nominations.
All will vie for worst picture along with Aniston’s romantic comedy “The Bounty Hunter,” and the critically reviled parody “Vampires Suck,” which both received four nominations.
Aniston will compete for worst actress on the strength of her roles in both “Bounty Hunter” and “The Switch,” another unloved romantic comedy. The “Sex and the City” foursome —
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon — received a collective nomination.
The field was rounded out by Miley Cyrus (“The Last Song”), Megan Fox (“Jonah Hex”) and Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”). For Cyrus it will be a family affair since her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, was nominated for his supporting role in “The Spy Next Door.”
Kutcher was cited for worst actor, also for two movies — “Killers” and “Valentine’s Day.” Aniston’s “Bounty Hunter” co-star Gerard Butler, also made the cut, as did “Twilight” stars Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson.
Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Vicki Allen