Zoolander 2, Batman v Superman top Razzie nominations for worst films of 2016

The Razzies were created in 1980 as an antidote to Hollywood’s star-studded back-slapping annual awards season.

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson portrays in a scene from Zoolander 2. Wilson Webb / Paramount Pictures via AP

Zoolander 2 and Batman v Superman topped nominations for the Razzies, Hollywood's anti-awards celebrating the worst films of 2016.

Announced on January 24 - on the eve of the Oscar nominations, which will be announced at 5.15pm UAE time - the fashion spoof Zoolander 2 - "the 15-years-too-late sequel" - leads the inglorious list with nine nominations including for worst picture, worst actor (Ben Stiller), worst supporting actor (Owen Wilson) and worst supporting actress (Kristen Wiig).

In second place comes the superhero movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, described as a "WTF comic book battle-royale."

The film starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, which scored big at the box office earning nearly $900 million, got eight nominations including for worst picture, worst director (Zack Snyder) and worst actor (Affleck).

Both Zoolander 2 and Batman v Superman also earned nods for worst ripoff, remake, prequel or sequel.

“2016 was so overfull of bad movies that we had to expand every category from the usual five contenders to six,” organizers said in announcing this year’s crop of nominees.

The other Worst Picture contenders are Dirty Grandpa, Gods of Egypt, Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party and Independence Day: Resurgence.

On the acting front, Robert De Niro (Dirty Grandpa), Johnny Depp (Alice Through the Looking Glass), Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows), Tyler Perry (BOO! A Medea Halloween), Julia Roberts (Mother' Day), Naomi Watts (Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In) and Shailene Woodley (Divergent Series: Allegiant) were among stars given the dubious honor of being nominated for a Golden Raspberry.

The nominees in eight of nine categories were chosen in an online vote by 1,014 voting Razzie members from 49 US states and 24 countries.

The nominees for Worst Screen Combo were selected by thousands of users of the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

The winners will be announced on February 25, the eve of the Oscars.

The Razzies were created in 1980 as an antidote to Hollywood’s star-studded back-slapping annual awards season, which this year climaxes on February 26 with the 89th Oscars.

For details go to www.razzies.com

* Agence France-Presse