Travolta's Gotti, Trump get Razzie nods

John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been nominated for a Razzie award for their movie Gotti.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been nominated for a Razzie award for their movie Gotti.

John Travolta's mob movie flop Gotti and US President Donald Trump have been nominated for the Razzie Awards for the worst films of 2018, after a year that organisers called full of disasters - both on and off screen.

The Sherlock Holmes comedy Holmes & Watson garnered six mentions, including for its stars Will Ferrell and John C Reilly, who were cited for "trashing two of literature's most beloved characters."

The tongue-in-cheek Razzies, created in 1980, serve as an antidote to Hollywood's Oscars ceremony.

Nominees were announced a day before Tuesday's Academy Awards nominations.

"With a stumbling stock market, a possible impending presidential impeachment, raging wild fires, devastating floods, mass shootings and a litany of plagues that reached near Biblical proportions, 2018 was a year overfull with disasters," Razzie founder John Wilson said.

"And then there were last year's movies," he quipped.

Trump got two worst actor nominations for appearing as himself in the 2018 documentaries Death of a Nation, from conservative film maker Dinesh D'Souza, and liberal Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9.

Trump previously won a Razzie for his cameo role as a businessman in the 1989 crime comedy Ghosts Can't Do It.

On Monday, Trump's wife, Melania and White House aide Kellyanne Conway both got nods in the worst supporting actress field for their archival footage in Fahrenheit 11/9.

Gotti, about late New York Mafia boss John Gotti, took in just $US4.3 million at the box office last summer and notched six nods, including worst picture, screenplay, actor and worst screen combo for stars Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston.

Nominees and winners of the Razzies are voted for online by around 1,000 Razzie members from 24 countries.

Australian Associated Press