The Razzies – which reward the worst films in Hollywood – have dubbed 2017 the year of recycling.
According to the organisers, 87 of the top-earning 100 films last year were "sequels, remakes or rip-offs".
Unsurprisingly, many of them are nominated for the Razzies, with the latest Transformers film shortlisted in every category except worst actress.
Mocking Hollywood's reliance on franchises, the film is listed as "Transformers XVII" in the nominations.
It is, in fact, the fifth instalment in the robot-based action series.
Among its nine nominations are worst actor, for Mark Wahlberg, worst director, for Michael Bay, and worst picture.
The other contenders for worst film are Baywatch, Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy and The Emoji Movie.
Efron starred in Baywatch, which was also nominated for worst screenplay; while Lawrence's role in the divisive horror /satire Mother! gained the film its only nomination.
Perhaps the most memorable category is worst screen combo, where Transformers XVII is nominated for "any combination of two humans, two robots or two explosions".
Also cited in that category is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (dubbed "Dead Careers Tell No Tales" by the Razzies) for "Johnny Depp and his worn out drunk routine".
And Fifty Shades Darker's worst combo is "any combination of two characters, two sex toys or two sexual positions".
Previous Oscar nominees Tom Cruise and Jonny Depp also received worst actor nominations, along with Jamie Dornan.
Emma Watson, Katherine Heigl and Dakota Johnson will battle it out for worst actress too, for their roles in The Circle, Unforgettable and Fifty Shades Darker.
Transformers is one of the most reviled franchises in Razzies' history, receiving a worst picture nomination for every instalment except the first.
It has won once, for 2009's Revenge of the Fallen. In the same year, Sandra Bullock picked up the worst actress award, for the comedy All About Steve; a day before winning an Oscar for The Blind Side.
The star took the prize in good humour, attending the ceremony in person and handing out copies of All About Steve to the audience.
This year's ceremony will take place on Saturday 3 March, a day before the Oscars, where winners will receive the "tackiest Tinsel Town trophies".
How much did they make at the Box Office?
- Transformers: The Last Knight – $605.4m
- The Mummy – $409.2m
- Fifty Shades Darker – $381.1m
- The Emoji Movie – $217m
- Baywatch – $177.9m
Source: Box Office Mojo
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"Um, this has just come out from the Associated Press, this is incredible. Trump administration have been sending babies and other young children – oh, hold on," she said, her voice breaking.
Maddow attempted to get through the breaking news piece one more time before moving the show over to a guest. "To at least three – three tender age shelters in South Texas. Lawyers and medical providers… I think I'm going to have to hand this off. Sorry."
Maddow took to Twitter shortly after the segment aired to say sorry to her viewers. "Again, I apologise for losing it there for a moment," she wrote. "Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile."
She also tweeted out what she had been trying to say in her live read, writing out what was presented in the AP story. "Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the "tender age" shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis…" she wrote.
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