Not again: The Hangover III is up for worst remake, ripoff or sequel. Photo: Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures
In Hollywood's long awards season, the Razzie is one trophy that no one wants to win.
Just as the Oscars honour excellence in the movies, the Golden Raspberries recognise the year's worst movies, direction and performances.
Created as a joke after the Academy Awards of 1980, founder John Wilson calls them an antidote to ''Tinsel Town's annual glut of self-congratulatory awards'' - they have become an Oscars-eve institution that embarrass some of the biggest names in the entertainment business every year.
Past winners have included Sylvester Stallone, Madonna, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rihanna, Liza Minelli, Marlon Brando, Mariah Carey, John Travolta and Eddie Murphy, alongside such lesser celebrated talents as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Pauly Shore and Bo Derek.
Even Academy Award winners are not immune, as one of this year's nominees, Sandra Bullock, can testify. The Gravity star won a Razzie in 2010 for the lamentable All About Steve the day before she won an Oscar for The Blind Side. She graciously accepted both.
At the low point of his career, Ben Affleck won for three movies in 2003 - Gigli, Daredevil and Paycheck.
Kevin Costner has won, too (The Postman). So has Halle Berry (Catwoman), Al Pacino (Jack and Jill) and even Laurence Olivier in his later years (Inchon).
And while the best picture field at this year's Oscars, presented on Monday, suggests it has been a strong year for movies, the Razzies offer reminders that Hollywood sometimes aims low - and hits even lower.
The contenders for worst movie include a big-budget vanity project, a crass sequel, a remake that bombed spectacularly and a couple of projects that make you wonder what their makers were thinking.
The Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2 is joined by the Will Smith and son Jaden sci-fi movie After Earth, the Johnny Depp TV remake The Lone Ranger, Tyler Perry's comic dragfest A Madea Christmas and the alleged comedy Movie 43, which featured Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts.
While The Lone Ranger was not that bad and the organisers have clearly forgotten The Hangover Part III, the field shows that Hollywood can drop the ball when A-list stars are involved.
The worst movie winner will join an infamous list that includes Jack and Jill - Adam Sandler again - The Love Guru, Battlefield Earth, Wild Wild West, Showgirls and Gigli.
But Sandler won't mind the attention, given that Grown Ups 2 took more than $270 million at the worldwide box office despite risible reviews. Sample: ''It makes the first movie look like The Maltese Falcon.''
The same five movies are also up for worst director, with nominations for The Sixth Sense's M. Night Shyamalan (After Earth), Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups 2), Gore Verbinski (The Lone Ranger), Tyler Perry (for both A Madea Christmas and Temptation) and no less than 13 directors for Movie 43, including Brett Ratner, Elizabeth Banks and Peter Farrelly.
Sandler - the Meryl Streep of jaded performances, the Robert de Niro of low-brow gags - is up for his third consecutive worst actor award. His big-name competition is Depp (The Lone Ranger), Ashton Kutcher (Jobs), Jaden Smith (After Earth) and Sylvester Stallone (for Bullet To The Head, Escape Plan and Grudge Match).
The worst actress field has the Razzies calling out good actors for bad choices - and brave choices that have just turned out badly.
Berry is nominated again (for Movie 43 and The Call). So is Naomi Watts (cruelly for Diana as well as Movie 43), Lindsay Lohan (The Canyons), Selena Gomez (Getaway) and Tyler Perry (for dragging up in A Madea Christmas).
Hollywood's crassly commercial side is shown in the Razzie for worst remake, ripoff or sequel. The contenders are - inevitably - Grown Ups 2, The Hangover Part III, The Lone Ranger, Scary Movie 5 and Smurfs 2.
Worst Screen Combo gives Sandler yet another nomination as he, no doubt, plans several more sequels to Grown Ups.
The entire ensembles of both Grown Ups 2 and Movie 43 are up against Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen for Scary Movie 5, Jaden and Will Smith for After Earth and Tyler Perry ''and either Larry The Cable Guy or that worn-out wig and dress'' for A Madea Christmas.
Let the fun begin.