Fantastic Four Nominated For Five Razzie Awards


Fox had high hopes that its 2015 Fantastic Four reboot would revitalize the franchise thanks to younger actors, director Josh Trank and an edgier, sci-fi feel. To put it bluntly, it did not.

Instead, it earned a place as one of the worst superhero movies ever, critically panned and a box office bomb to boot. The dust has mostly settled from the wave of shame and finger-pointing that followed, but award season is kicking it back up again.

No, Fantastic Four isn’t up for any Academy Awards. But it is up for some awards given out the same night, the kind of trophies that no one really wants to win. We’re talking about the Razzie Awards, the anti-Oscars that celebrate the very worst in film, to be awarded like their more prestigious counterparts on February 28.

Fantastic Four is in position to clean up there, as it earned five nominations out of a total of nine categories that “honor” bad films ( a 10th, the Razzie Redeemer Award, actually goes to past nominees who have turned their careers around). Here’s what the movie could take home on Razzie night:

  • Worst Picture – Other nominees: Fifty Shades of Grey, Jupiter Ascending, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Pixels
  • Worst Remake/Rip-Off/Sequel – Other nominees: Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • Worst Screen Combo for All Four “Fantastics” – Other nominees: Johnny Depp and His Glued-On Moustache, Mortdecai; Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey; Kevin James and EITHER His Segway OR His Glued-On Moustache, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2; and Adam Sandler and Any Pair of Shoes, The Cobbler
  • Worst Director for Josh Trank – Other nominees: Andy Fickman, Tom Six, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Andy and Lana Wachowski
  • Worst Screenplay for Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater and Josh Trank – Other nominees: Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey), Andy and Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending), Kevin James and Nick Bakay (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2) and Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling (Pixels)

That’s some stiff competition. Pixels and Jupiter Ascending were both truly dreadful films, and I actually thought the first 40 minutes or so of Fantastic Four were not bad. The difference is that I expected nothing from those other movies, and I let myself believe FF might be good.

Somehow we don’t expect Trank to show up and accept his trophy in person if he wins one (or two), but Kinberg seems to have a good sense of humor. Maybe he’ll take the statue and use it as motivation. You can see if Marvel’s first family ends up capturing any of these dubious distinctions by visiting on February 28.