Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Britney and Madonna lead Razzies

Oscar-spoofing awards celebrate year's worst films

By David Germain
The Associated Press

Voters for the Razzies, an annual spoof of the Academy Awards, have a message for Britney Spears and Madonna: Don't quit your day jobs as pop divas.

Spears' Crossroads had a leading eight Razzie nominations and Madonna's island-romance bomb Swept Away received seven, including worst picture and worst actress for both movies.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, also received seven nominations, among them worst picture and director for George Lucas, creator of the sci-fi saga.

The other worst-picture contenders are Eddie Murphy's sci-fi comedy The Adventures of Pluto Nash and Roberto Benigni's live-action version of Pinocchio.

Nominees for the 23rd annual Razzies, organized by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, were announced Monday, a day before Oscar nominations. Razzie "winners" will be announced March 22, the eve of the Oscar ceremony.

Madonna personally had four nominations: Worst actress for Swept Away, directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie (a nominee for worst director and worst screenplay); worst screen couple, paired with Adriano Giannini in Swept Away; worst supporting actress for the James Bond adventure Die Another Day; and worst song for the Die Another Day title tune, which she co-wrote.

What was so bad about Swept Away, a remake of a 1975 Italian film about a rich snob stranded on an island with a handsome sailor?

"What wasn't?" said Razzies founder John Wilson. "It's a really awful remake of a highly regarded movie. I think it's the most blatant example of the fact that Madonna simply cannot act. It's as though she decided she's going to be a movie star and will keep inflicting these movies on us till we cry uncle. But this one may finally end her film career."

Madonna previously received four worst-actress Razzies for such movies as Shanghai Surprise and Who's That Girl?

Spears, whose pop-queen career arc has drawn comparisons to Madonna's, also could continue her predecessor's tradition of bad acting, Wilson said.

"Britney Spears is a Madonna wannabe," Wilson said. "Madonna is on the outs, and Britney could be picking up the torch, or the spear, perhaps."

Besides Madonna and Spears, worst-actress nominees are Angelina Jolie for Life or Something Like It; Jennifer Lopez for Enough and Maid in Manhattan; and Winona Ryder for Mr. Deeds.

Benigni was nominated in the actor, director and screenplay categories for Pinocchio. Other worst-actor contenders are Giannini for Swept Away; Eddie Murphy for Pluto Nash, I Spy and Showtime; Steven Seagal for Half Past Dead; and Adam Sandler for Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights and Mr. Deeds.

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