Son of the Mask leads Razzie nominations

Bad sequels and remakes tortured movie audiences last year, and they provided a smorgasbord for the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof that recognises the very worst in Hollywood.

Bad sequels and remakes tortured movie audiences last year, and they provided a smorgasbord for the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof that recognises the very worst in Hollywood.

Four of the five worst-picture nominees for the Razzies were sequels or remakes, led by Son of the Mask, which had eight nominations in Los Angeles today, including worst actor for Jamie Kennedy and supporting actor for Alan Cumming and Bob Hoskins.

The other worst-picture contenders were Rob Schneider's sequel Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Jenny McCarthy's raunchy romance Dirty Love, the TV update The Dukes of Hazzard and the horror remake House of Wax.

Razzies will be announced on February 24, the day before the Oscars.

Tom Cruise earned three Razzie nominations, as worst actor for War of the Worlds and two of the five slots in a new Razzies category for most tiresome tabloid targets.

Cruise was nominated there for his anti-psychiatry rant and for his very public romance with Katie Holmes.

Son of the Mask, a flop that starred Kennedy as a new father whose son is born with the shape-shifting powers showcased in Jim Carrey's original 1994 movie, was an early Razzies favourite when it came out nearly a year ago.

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