Madonna Film Sweeps RAZZIE Awards
By Christopher Michaud
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Maybe they should
just rename these awards "the Madonnas."
Madonna and director-husband Guy Ritchie
"Swept Away" the competition with their widely reviled
box office bomb of the same name at the 23rd annual Razzie awards
on Saturday which "honor" the worst of the worst in
The Razzies are traditionally awarded a day
before the Oscars, Hollywood's highest honors which are set for
"Swept Away," a remake of Italian
director Lina Wertmuller's 1974 classic about a bourgeois woman
shipwrecked in the Mediterranean with her yacht's communist cook,
swept the Razzies with nods for worst film, worst performance by
an actress, worst remake, worst screen couple (Madonna and
co-star Adriano Giannini) and worst director Ritchie.
The first cinematic collaboration between
the aging pop star and the British director also suffered the
ignominious distinction of being the Razzie's lowest-grossing
worst film ever, having "earned" a whopping $598,645 in
box office receipts, the Razzies award givers said.
Actually Madonna, who can now boast a
collection of five worst actress Razzies in her curio cabinet --
not to mention having been crowned worst actress of the century
-- had to share the honor this year with fellow pop star Britney
For her screen debut Spears chose
"Crossroads," in which as critics noted she dug deep
into her creative vault to transform every fiber of her being
into her character of ... an aspiring pop star.
"Crossroads" opens with Spears'
character dancing in her underwear to Madonna's "Open Your
Heart to Me." So now they have another bond.
WORST ORIGINAL SONG
Spears also grabbed the worst original song
honors for "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" from the
"Swept Away"'s five
"wins" tied the mark for most Razzies set by such
unforgettable movie train wrecks as "Mommie Dearest,"
"The Post Man," "Wild Wild West" and
"Freddy Got Fingered."
Seemingly on a roll, Razzie voters also saw
fit to bestow its worst supporting actress award on Madonna for
her fleeting cameo in the James Bond flick "Die Another
The Razzies, formally administered by the
non-profit Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, did not reserve its
brickbats for pop stars who think they're actresses, of course.
Italian actor/director and past Oscar winner
Roberto Benigni ("Life is Beautiful") apparently gave
new meaning to the term wooden acting with his poorly dubbed
folly "Pinocchio," which apparently even children
didn't want to see during its abortive Christmas release.
Even Hollywood superpower George Lucas and
his "Star Wars" cash cow franchise did not escape
unscathed. His "disappointing fifth entry from a galaxy far,
far too long," as the Razzie folks put it, "Star Wars
Episode II: Attack of the Clones," snagged Razzies for
Hayden Christensen as worst supporting actor and worst screenplay
for Lucas himself.
Winners were determined by ballots mailed to
563 Golden Raspberry Award Foundation members throughout 39 U.S.
states and a dozen other countries.
The award itself is a handcrafted,
golf-ball-sized raspberry atop a mangled reel of Super 8 film.
Spray-painted gold, it is said to have an estimated street value
But that, of course, doesn't account for
03/22/03 14:29 ET