To hear Hollywood tell it, 2005 was a total disaster: Box office shrank, $100-million-dollar "event" pictures repeatedly tanked, and everyone agreed that the movies stank. But one Tinsel Town group perversely ranks the year that was as The Berry Best Ever: The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, whose RAZZIE® Awards celebrate Worst Achievements in Film. The hardest part for GRAF members this year was keeping their list to just five nominees in each of 10 categories.
Among the most dis-honored titles nominated for
The 26th Annual RAZZIES are: The Dukes Of Hazzard, which took the Hollywood habit of exhuming old TV series
to new lows in lowbrow entertainment; Son of the Mask, an 11-years-later sequel sans the star of the original film
(or any of its charm); House of Wax, a horror remake whose most horrifying element was the "dramatic debut" of
hotel heiress (and Worst Supporting Actress nominee) Paris Hilton; Dirty Love, a vanity project
written by and starring a Playboy Playmate, with a total box office take of barely $58,000; and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo,
a "comedy" sequel that no one but its star and producers seemed to find funny. Each of these five is a Worst Picture
nominee and, in a RAZZIE first which points out Hollywood's total creative bankruptcy in 2005, four of them are also
Worst Remake or Sequel nominees. The fifth contender for Worst Remake is the five-times-nominated Bewitched,
yet another old TV show "re-imagined" (and ruined) on its way to the big screen. Worst Actor contenders include
Will Ferrell for both Bewitched and Kicking & Screaming, Jamie Kennedy in Son of the Mask,
Rob Schneider in the title role of Deuce Bigalow 2, The Rock in the video-game-to-movie adaptation Doom
and box office behemoth Tom Cruise for War of the Worlds. Vying for dis-stink-tion as Worst Actress
are vacuous vava-voom girl Jessica Alba in both Fantastic Four and Into the Blue, talent-challenged
teen idol Hilary Duff in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and The Perfect Man, Jenny McCarthy for
Worst Picture nominee Dirty Love, Tara Reid as a "genius anthropologist"(!) in Alone in the Dark
and RAZZIE Repeat Offender Jennifer Lopez as a beleaguered bride-to-be in Monster in Law.
Nominees were determined by mailing ballots to
more than 725 film professionals, film journalists and film fans from 41 U.S. states and 15 foreign countries.
Often called Tinsel Town's tackiest Trophy, the RAZZIE Award itself is an intentionally cheapjack tchotchke featuring a
golf-ball-sized, handcrafted RAZZberry atop a mangled Super 8 film reel that's spray-painted gold and has an estimated
street value of $4.97. The RAZZIES were created in 1980 by John Wilson, author of The Official RAZZIE® Movie Guide.
This year's RAZZIE ceremonies will be held the now-traditional 24 hours BEFORE That Other Award Show: 7:30pm PST, Saturday,
March 4 at the historic Ivar Theatre in Hollywood.
For further information e-mail: HeadBerry@razzies.com