WORST FILM OF
YEAR IS A CLOSE RACE
Copyright 2002 Reuters News Agency
[ February 11th 2002 ]
are not the only race that is too close to call
for film awards this year - there's a battle raging
for the worst film of 2001, according to the 22nd
annual Razzie award nominations announced Monday.
The Razzies, which purposely names its nominees
a day before the far, far more prestigious Oscar
nominations are announced, said the fight for
worst film has come down to five critical fiascoes:
Driven, Freddy Got Fingered, Mariah Carey's Glitter,
Pearl Harbor and 3000 Miles to Graceland, a near-forgotten
tale of what happens when Elvis imitators go bad.
were hammered as hard by the critics last year
as the five named as the nonprofit satire group's
worst film nominees. But the driving forces behind
the race-car drama Driven, Sylvester Stallone,
and gross-out comedy Freddy Got Fingered, Tom
Green, were also nominated for four other worst
awards, tying the previous record for most individual
to Razzie head John Wilson, Green was "fingered"
for worst actor, worst director, worst screenplay
(with Derek Harvie) and for worst screen couple
as Tom Green and Any Animal He Abuses. (The film
is replete with animal abuse.) Stallone, who won
the Razzie Worst Actor of The Century trophy in
2000, was nominated for worst supporting actor,
worst screenplay, worst screen couple (with co-star
Burt Reynolds) and for worst picture as one of
the producers of Driven. This brings Stallone's
career Razzie total to 29 nominations in 22 years.
He won nine times.
Green, the worst actor nominees were Ben Affleck
for Pearl Harbor, Kevin Costner for 3000 Miles
To Graceland, Keanu Reeves for Hardball and the
tear-jerker Sweet November, and John Travolta,
nominated for Domestic Disturbance and Swordfish.
Carey was nominated as worst actress for her work
in her off-key screen debut in the box office
disaster "Glitter." Also nominated were Penelope
Cruz in Blow, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Vanilla
Sky, Angelina Jolie for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
and Original Sin, Jennifer Lopez for Angel Eyes
and The Wedding Planner and last but not least,
Charlize Theron, for Sweet November.
for the worst screen couple were Ben Affleck and
either Kate Beckinsale or Josh Hartnett for Pearl
Harbor, Mariah Carey's cleavage for Glitter, Tom
Green and the animals he abuses in Freddy Got
Fingered, Burt Reynolds and Sylvester Stallone
in Driven and Kurt Russell and either Kevin Costner
or Courtney Cox in 3000 Miles To Graceland.
of the Razzies will be announced on March 23,
just a day before the Oscars are handed out. Nominations
and winners are voted on by about 500 members
of the Golden Raspberry Foundation, industry figures
and entertainment journalists. Razzie head Wilson
said in an interview with Reuters that this year
he has a personal favorite for worst film - Freddy
Got Fingered, even though he said the category
was a real contest thanks to Drive and Glitter.
is a new, and I hope all time, low in bad taste,
unfunny humor and bad career judgment. I hope
we give all the awards to Tom Green because he
might not be back," Wilson said.