February 27, 2012 by staff
Adam Sandler, A day after the Oscars claimed to highlight 2011′s best movies, Adam Sandler has received a record-breaking 11 nominations for the annual Razzie awards, which aim to recognise the year’s poorest performances in film.
Sandler’s haul is more than double the previous individual record of five nods held by Eddie Murphy for his 2007 film Norbit, a fairly staggering indictment. Most of the nominations are for the US comic’s film Jack and Jill, in which he plays a successful advertising executive whose irritating twin sister arrives for Thanksgiving. The comedy, which itself has 12 nods, will duke it out with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, which has eight nominations. Sandler himself is up for both worst actor and worst actress, worst screenplay and worst ensemble for Jack and Jill. With his production company Lucky Madison having released three films in 2011, he also has nods for screenwriting and producing efforts on Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star and Just Go With It.
Jack and Jill and Twilight are both nominated for worst picture, alongside New Year’s Eve, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star. Sandler appears to be the frontrunner for worst actor, although he faces stiff competition from Twilight’s Taylor Lautner, Drive Angry’s Nicolas Cage, Bucky Larson’s Nick Swardson and British nominee Russell Brand, for Arthur. For best actress, Sandler is up against Martin Lawrence for Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker for I Don’t Know How She Does It and New Year’s Eve, and Sarah Palin for fawning documentary Sarah Palin: The Undefeated.
Other notable nominees include Oscar-winner Al Pacino for best supporting actor, playing a version of himself who falls in love with Adam Sandler’s Jill in Jack and Jill. The not-so coveted worst director prize will go to either Michael Bay (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon), Tom Brady (Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star), Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1), Dennis Dugan (Jack and Jill, Just Go With It) or Garry Marshall (New Year’s Eve).
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