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This Year's Race for (Spray-Painted) RAZZIE Gold: It's A BATTLEFIELD with No Dearth of Contenders

While the 2000 Oscar race looks wide open, at the other end of the Awards scale, Tinsel Town's Tackiest Trophy Derby seems poised to be a sweep. Polling a whopping 93.5% of all nominating ballots cast, the High Profile Sci-Fi Fiasco BATTLEFIELD EARTH looks like it could unseat 1995's Lascivious Lap-Dancing Laugh Riot SHOWGIRLS as the All-Time RAZZIE Champion. With nine categories being Dis-Honored this year, EARTH took a total of eight nominations. They include it's co-producer and star John Travolta for Worst Actor, his wife Kelly Preston as Worst Supporting Actress and both Forest Whitaker and Barry Pepper for Worst Supporting Actor, as well as nods for Worst Direction (Roger Christian) Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Couple (John Travolta and ANYONE Sharing the Screen with Him). The Big Budget B.O. Bomb easily out-polled its rivals for Worst Picture (BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2, THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS, LITTLE NICKY and THE NEXT BEST THING) each of which got five nominations or less.

Joining five time RAZZIE nominee Travolta in the Worst Actor category are 1998 RAZZIE Winner Leonardo DiCaprio for THE BEACH; 1999's Worst Actor Winner Adam Sandler as the Swivel-Headed Spawn of Satan in LITTLE NICKY; Clone-Man the Bavarian Ah-nold Schwarzenegger for THE 6th DAY; and last year's Worst Actor of the Century Winner Sylvester Stallone, garnering his 25th RAZZIE nomination to date (this time for the wretched remake GET CARTER). The Worst Actress choices are ALL Repeat Offenders: Last year's Worst Actress of the Century, Madonna, as an Insipid Single Mom in THE NEXT BEST THING; Two-Time RAZZIE Winner Melanie Griffith, cast against type as a Spoiled Movie Star Making a Bad Movie in CECIL B. DEMENTED; 1990 nominee Bette Midler, managing to make schlock novelist Jacqueline Susann seem even more grating than she actually was in ISN'T SHE GREAT; Two Time Winner Demi Moore as A Woman Leading a Doubly Dull Double Life in PASSION OF MIND; and fifth time RAZZIE nominee Kim Basinger for both the OMEN Knock-Off BLESS THE CHILD and the OUT OF AFRICA Knock-Off I DREAMED OF AFRICA.

Among the other films vying for a hand-made, spray-painted gold trophy (with an estimated street value of $4.27) are 2000's Two Biggest Box Office Hits, DR. SEUSS'S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2. They are competing with one another for Worst Remake or Sequel, while GRINCH has a Worst Screenplay nomination and M:I 2 polled a nod for Tom Cruise' Main Squeeze in the film, Thandie Newton as Worst Supporting Actress. Newton's competition includes Patricia Arquette in LITTLE NICKY, Joan Collins in VIVA ROCK VEGAS, Rene Russo for ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE and Mrs. Travolta. The three non-BATTLEFIELD EARTH Worst Supporting Actor nominees are Stephen Baldwin in VIVA ROCK VEGAS, Keanu Reeves in THE WATCHER and, getting a separate nomination for his portrayal of the main character's CLONE, Ah-nold Schwarzenegger (AGAIN!). Austria's Most Awful Actor is also nominated (with Himself!) as Worst Screen Couple, where hell be trying to out-gun Any Two Actors from BLAIR WITCH 2, Richard Gere and the 22-years-younger Winona Ryder for AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, Madonna and Either Benjamin Bratt or Rupert Everett in NEXT BEST THING and Travolta and Anyone from BATTLEFIELD.

Winners of this years Least Coveted Cinema Trophies will be announced at a press conference scheduled for 11am Saturday, March 24 (the now traditional 24 hours BEFORE That Other Movie Award Show). Nominees were determined by ballots sent to 503 Golden Raspberry Award Foundation members throughout 35 U.S. states and 10 foreign countries. To sign up for press credentials to attend the March 24th event, please CLICK HERE or contact John Wilson by E-Mail at: Headberry@razzies.com .

21ST Annual Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE) Award Nominations 

  • WORST PICTURE: 
    • BATTLEFIELD EARTH (Warner Bros.)
    • BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 (Artisan)
    • THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS (Universal)
    • LITTLE NICKY (New Line)
    • THE NEXT BEST THING (Paramount)
  • WORST ACTOR:
    • Leonardo DiCaprio*/THE BEACH (20th Century-Fox)
    • Adam Sandler*/LITTLE NICKY 
    • Sylvester Stallone*/GET CARTER (Warner Bros.)
    • Ah-nold Schwarzenegger# (As The REAL Adam Gibson) THE 6th DAY (Columbia)
    • John Travolta#@/BATTLEFIELD EARTH and LUCKY NUMBERS (Paramount).
  • WORST ACTRESS:
    • Kim Basinger#$BLESS THE CHILD (Paramount) and I DREAMED OF AFRICA (Columbia)
    • Melanie Griffith*@/CECIL B. DEMENTED (Artisan)
    • Madonna*/THE NEXT BEST THING 
    • Bette Midler#@/ISN'T SHE GRATING (Universal)
    • Demi Moore*/PASSION OF MIND (Paramount Classics)
  • WORST SCREEN COUPLE:
    • Any 2 Actors/BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2
    • Richard Gere# & Winona Ryder/AUTUMN IN NEW YORK (M-G-M/UA)
    • Madonna & EITHER Rupert Everett OR Benjamin Bratt/THE NEXT BEST THING
    • Ah-nold (As The REAL Adam Gibson) & Ah-nold (As The CLONE of Adam Gibson) THE 6th DAY
    • John Travolta and Anyone Sharing the Screen with Him/BATTLEFIELD EARTH 
  • WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
    • Patricia Arquette/LITTLE NICKY 
    • Joan Collins/FLINTSTONES in VIVA ROCK VEGAS 
    • Thandie Newton/MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 (Paramount)
    • Kelly Preston/BATTLEFIELD EARTH 
    • Rene Russo/THE ADVENTURES of ROCKY & BULLWINKLE (Universal)
  • WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
    • Stephen Baldwin/THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS 
    • Barry Pepper/BATTLEFIELD EARTH
    • Keanu Reeves#/THE WATCHER (Universal)
    • Ah-nold Schwarzenegger (As The CLONE of Adam Gibson)/THE 6th DAY
    • Forest Whitaker/BATTLEFIELD EARTH
  • WORST REMAKE OR SEQUEL:
    • BOOK OF SHADOWS/BLAIR WITCH 2 
    • DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (Universal)
    • THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS 
    • GET CARTER
    • MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2
  • WORST DIRECTOR:
    • Joe Berlinger/BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 
    • Steven Brill/LITTLE NICKY 
    • Roger Christian/BATTLEFIELD EARTH 
    • Brian DePalma#/MISSION TO MARS (Disney)
    • John Schlesinger$/THE NEXT BEST THING 
  • WORST SCREENPLAY:
    • BATTLEFIELD EARTH 
    • BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2
    • DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS 
    • LITTLE NICKY
    • THE NEXT BEST THING
  • NOMINATIONS PER PICTURE:
    • BATTLEFIELD EARTH - 8 
    • (Worst Picture, Actor, Screen Couple, 2 Supporting Actors, Supporting Actress, Director, Screenplay)
    • BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 - 5
    • (Worst Picture, Remake or Sequel, Screen Couple, Director and Screenplay)
    • LITTLE NICKY - 5
    • (Worst Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, Director and Screenplay)
    • THE NEXT BEST THING - 5
    • (Worst Picture, Actress, Screen Couple, Director and Screenplay)
    • THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS - 4
    • (Worst Picture, Remake or Sequel, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress)
    • THE 6th DAY - 3
    • (Worst Actor, Screen Couple and Supporting Actor - ALL Arnold Schwarzenegger)
    • DR. SEUSS'S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 (The Year's Two Biggest Money-Makers) 2 Nominations Each

KEY: * Denotes - Previous RAZZIE® "Winner"; # Denotes Previous RAZZIE® Nominee; 
$ Denotes Previous OSCAR® Winner; @ Denotes Previous OSCAR® Nominee.

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