“Put Christ back in Christmas” film earns four raspberries

saving-christmas-740CALIFORNIA, United States, Tuesday February 24, 2015 – Kirk Cameron’s faith-based comedy about the true meaning of Christmas dominated Saturday night’s 35th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony.

“Saving Christmas” scooped up four of the top awards, including worst picture and worst actor, at the annual “Razzies,” a celebration of movie mediocrity that presents winners (who seldom show up) with a US$4.79 gold-spray-painted trophy.

Past winners have included Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna, who earned the worst supporting actress Razzie for her role in the sci-fi action film “Battleship.”

This year’s irreverent show was held at Hollywood’s Montalban theatre, a short walk from the venue for Sunday’s Academy Awards.

“Saving Christmas” made light work of winning worst picture, worst actor, worst screenplay and worst screen combo for former “Growing Pains” star Cameron “and his ego.”

“This is a vanity project that Kirk Cameron put together. It’s about on the level of a super 8 movie from when I was a kid. It has no cinematic value at all,” Razzie founder John Wilson told BBC Radio 5 live after the ceremony.

Wilson also pointed out that the film was rated number one worst movie of all time on international movie database IMDB.com.

It was also one of only two films last year to score a zero rating on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

The tag line on its film poster is “Put Christ back in Christmas.”

Meanwhile, the worst actress award was a walkover for Cameron Diaz for two comedies “Sex Tape” and “The Other Woman.”

Going into the ceremony, Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” had led the field with a whopping seven nominations, but ultimately only succeeded in snagging worst director and worst supporting actor for former “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer.

Megan Fox landed the worst supporting actress prize for the reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” while the worst remake, rip-off or sequel title was won by “Annie.”

This year, a new category, the “Razzie Redeemer” award, was introduced to recognise a former Razzies target who has done good work in the past 12 months.

Ben Affleck was saluted in an online public vote for going from the much-panned “Gigli” (with Jennifer Lopez) to Oscar-winning “Argo” and Oscar-nominated “Gone Girl.”

The award was announced by veteran film critic and real-life nun Sister Rose Pacatte, who told the audience: “We Catholic nuns are all about redemption.”

All other awards were chosen by 757 voting members in the United States and elsewhere.

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