Golden Raspberry


    Bennifer sweep the Razzies

    In a virtual sweep of the awards that "honour" the worst of the very worst in Hollywood - a sort-of anti-Oscar, the Jennifer Lopez-Ben Affleck mega-flop Gigli has been accorded the Golden Raspberry as worst film of the year.

    In an almost unprecedented wash, Gigli the first on-screen collaboration for the couple, whose over-hyped engagement went down in flames, mowed down the competition in all the top categories.

    No one was left out: worst actor Affleck, worst actress Lopez, worst director and screenwriter Martin Brest in a double whammy, and worst screen couple - yes, them again.

    There was some small consolation for the Gigli perpetrators in the worst supporting actor and actress nods going to Razzie king Sylvester Stallone and another veteran, Demi Moore.

    Stallone was cited for an unprecedented 10th Razzie for Spy Kids 3D: Game Over while Moore's work in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle had Razzie voters' jaws hitting the floor.

    The latter film was also cited as worst sequel.

    In a new category, the Mike Myers vehicle The Cat in the Hat was named "worst excuse for an actual movie" - all concept, no content.

    It came into the competition with an impressive eight nominations.

    There was some consolation for the artistic vandals responsible for Gigli.

    The record for most Razzies, now in their 24th year, still belongs to Showgirls and Battlefield Earth, which amassed seven each.

    On an encouraging note, they could look to this year's Oscar darling Sofia Coppola, multi-nominated for Lost in Translation and a favourite to win for best original screenplay.

    The former actress won twin Razzies back in the 90s for her turn as Al Pacino's daughter in Godfather III.

    At the time viewers laughed or even applauded when she took a bullet in the chest in the film's climax, then intoned "Dad?" before dropping dead.

    The Razzies are chosen by the 617 Golden Raspberry Award Foundation members throughout 39 US states and 15 foreign countries, who mail in ballots for the final tally.

    The awards themselves, a handcrafted gold spray-painted golf-ball-sized raspberry atop a mangled reel of Super-8 film, are handed out on the eve of the Academy Awards in a less-than-glittering ceremony in a conference room at a Sheraton hotel in Santa Monica in California.

    Organisers peg their estimated street value at $US4.89, although this being Hollywood, you really cannot put a price on fame.

    -- Reuters
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    Funny Gwenith . . . . I was so very disappointed that Mike Myers ruined the person of the Cat In The Hat and also the entire story was so twisted.

    I love Dr. Seuss and all his books.

    And oh so sick of the Bennifer story and glad it is sorta over I didn't even see "Gigli" . .

    Big Raspberry to them all.
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I think the over-exploitation of that relationship was half the problem with "Gigli".

    The other half of the problem was that it just plain sucked.