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Director Michael Bay’s special effects spectacle “Transformers: Age of Extinction” led all movies in ignominy with seven Razzie Awards nominations, including worst picture, screenplay and director. Action fantasy film “The Legend of Hercules” and faith-based film “Saving Christmas” starring Kirk Cameron trailed close behind with six nods each for the year’s “worst achievements in film,” organizers of the 35th Golden Raspberry Awards said on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s formal announcement.
Winners of the Razzies, an annual tongue-in-cheek antidote to Hollywood’s awards season, will be announced on Feb. 21, the eve of the Academy Awards. “Transformers” was the fifth most popular film at the U.S. box office in 2014 with $245 million in ticket sales. It has earned more than $1 billion worldwide. Worst picture nominees also include “Hercules,” “Saving Christmas,” action-comedy “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and thriller “Left Behind” starring Nicolas Cage. Organizers called this year’s batch of contenders the “cinematic equivalent of re-treaded tires.”