Worst film Razzie nominations announced

The mega-flop movie Cats has been nominated for eight Razzie awards.
The mega-flop movie Cats has been nominated for eight Razzie awards.

The widely-panned movie musical Cats and four of its stars have been nominated for Razzie awards, an annual ritual that lampoons the worst of cinema.

James Corden, Judi Dench, Francesca Hayward and Australia's Rebel Wilson received Razzie acting nominations for their Cats roles, in which they were costumed in digitally created fur.

Oscar winner Dench was singled out for "looking suspiciously similar to The Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz," organisers said on Saturday in a statement announcing this year's nominees.

Overall, Cats was given eight Razzie nominations, tying for the lead with Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral, and Sylvester Stallone's Rambo: Last Blood.

All three movies are in the running for worst picture, alongside psychological thriller The Fanatic and horror flick The Haunting of Sharon Tate.

Cats, an adaptation of the popular Broadway musical of the same name, was released in December and drew widespread ridicule from film critics. The $95 million production flopped at the box office, taking in just $69.7 million at theatres worldwide.

The tongue-in-cheek Razzies, created in 1980, serve as an antidote to Hollywood's glitzy Academy Awards ceremony. Nominees are announced a day before the bestowing of the Oscars, the highest honours in the movie industry.

John Travolta received two Razzie nominations this year for The Fanatic and Trading Paint, as did Anne Hathaway for The Hustle and Serenity. Her Serenity co-star Matthew McConaughey also was named.

The worst screen combo category piled on Cats with a nomination for "any two half-feline/half-human hairballs".

It was not all bad news. Eddie Murphy was nominated for the Razzie Redeemer Reward for his role in Dolemite Is My Name, along with Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers and Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems. The redeemer award goes to a past Razzie nominee or winner who has recently earned acclaim.

Razzie nominees and winners are voted for online by around 1000 Razzie members from more than two dozen countries, who sign up online.

Organisers have not unveiled a date for the announcement of the winners.

Australian Associated Press