Madonna, Britney lead Razzies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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' teen buddy flick 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 to be 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?
The Razzies also named her worst actress of the 20th century.
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
; Steven Seagal for Half Past Dead
; and Adam Sandler for Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights
and Mr. Deeds
The Razzies added a new category, most flatulent teen-targeted movie, meant to "dishonor the often moronic movies Hollywood is forever aiming at the acne-and-braces set." Nominees are Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights
, Jackass: The Movie