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Two made-in-Utah movies among Razzies’ ‘Worst Picture’ nominations

Nominations for the Golden Raspberry Awards — The Razzies — have been announced today, and Utah can be proud of the fact that two movies filmed here are vying for the Worst Picture award.

Gore Verbinski’s big-budget Western "The Lone Ranger" and M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi survival drama "After Earth" are major contenders for multiple dishonors — getting five and six nominations, respectively.

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The top recipient, though, was Adam Sandler’s "Grown Ups 2," which took eight nominations, including Worst Picture. The other Worst Picture contenders are Tyler Perry’s "A Madea Christmas" and the sketch comedy "Movie 43."

Both "The Lone Ranger" and "After Earth" used southern Utah’s red rocks as a backdrop.

"After Earth" was also nominated for Jaden Smith’s lead performance, his father Will Smith’s supporting performance, Shyamalan’s direction, the screenplay, and "Worst Screen Combo" for the two Smith’s "on Planet Nepotism."

"The Lone Ranger" also scored nominations for Johnny Depp’s lead performance as Tonto, Verbinski’s direction, the screenplay, and the "Worst Sequel, Remake or Rip-Off" category.

By the way, getting a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival doesn’t insulate someone from the Razzies’ wrath. One of the "Worst Actor" nominees is Ashton Kutcher for "Jobs," which debuted at Sundance last year.

Here’s the full list of Razzies nominees:

Worst Picture

"After Earth"

"Grown Ups 2"

"The Lone Ranger"

"A Madea Christmas"

"Movie 43"

Worst Actor

Johnny Depp, "The Lone Ranger"

Ashton Kutcher, "Jobs"

Adam Sandler, "Grown Ups 2"

Jaden Smith, "After Earth"

Sylvester Stallone, "Bullet to the Head"/"Escape Plan"/"Grudge Match"

Worst Actress

Halle Berry, "The Call"/"Movie 43"

Selena Gomez, "Getaway"

Lindsay Lohan, "The Canyons"

Tyler Perry, "A Madea Christmas"

Naomi Watts, "Diana"/"Movie 43"

Worst Supporting Actor

Chris Brown, "Battle of the Year"

Larry the Cable Guy, "A Madea Christmas"

Taylor Lautner, "Grown Ups 2"

Will Smith, "After Earth"

Nick Swardson, "A Haunted House"/"Grown Ups 2"

Worst Supporting Actress

Lady Gaga, "Machete Kills"

Salma Hayek, "Grown Ups 2"

Katherine Heigl, "The Big Wedding"

Kim Kardashian, "Tyler Perry’s Temptation"

Lindsay Lohan, "InAPPropriate Comedy"/"Scary Movie 5"

Worst Director

The 13 People Who Directed "Movie 43"

Dennis Dugan, "Grown Ups 2"

Tyler Perry, "A Madea Christmas"/"Temptation"

M. Night Shyamalan, "After Earth"

Gore Verbinski, "The Lone Ranger"

Worst Screenplay

"After Earth" – Gary Whitta, M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith

"Grown Ups 2" – Fred Wolfe, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy

"The Lone Ranger" – Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe, Terry Rosso

"A Madea Christmas" – Tyler Perry

"Movie 43" – Written by 19 "Screenwriters"

Worst Screen Combo

The Entire Cast of "Grown Ups 2"

The Entire Cast of "Movie 43"

Lindsay Lohan & Charlie Sheen, "Scary Movie 5"

Tyler Perry & Either Larry the Cable Guy or That Worn-Out Wig & Dress, "A Madea Christmas"

Jaden Smith & Will Smith on Planet Nepotism, "After Earth"

Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel

"Grown Ups 2"

"The Hangover Part III"

"The Lone Ranger"

"Scary Movie 5"

"The Smurfs 2"



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