Official: ‘BATTLEFIELD EARTH’ Is Tied With
‘SHOWGIRLS’ as RAZZIES’ All-Time WORST!
a movie sweeps Tinsel Town’s Tackiest Trophy Derby, should it be considered a
“Winning” Streak or a LOSING Streak? That’s just one of the questions the
makers of the Big Budget Sci Fi Fiasco BATTLEFIELD EARTH will be asking
themselves once they hear what “Won” at The 21st Annual Golden Raspberry
(‘RAZZIE’) Awards. Their film, based on a best-selling novel by
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and starring an unrecognizable John
Travolta as a Rasta-Haired, Yellow-Toothed, Cackling Psychotic Alien, took
home spray-painted gold trophies in seven of the nine categories Dis-Honored in
ceremonies held the traditional Day BEFORE the 73rd Annual Academy Awards® at
the Radisson-Huntley Hotel’s Garden Room in Santa Monica, California.
the $2.49 statuettes claimed by BATTLEFIELD were: Travolta as Worst
his wife Kelly Preston (as a six-foot-tongued alien secretary!) for
Worst Supporting Actress, his co-star Barry Pepper as Worst
Supporting Actor (in the role Travolta had wanted to play when he first
started pitching the project nearly 20 years ago), Roger Christian for Worst
Director, Worst Screenplay (Corey Mandell and J.D. Shapiro,
based on Hubbard’s Novel) Worst Screen Couple (“Travolta and Anyone
Sharing the Screen with Him!”) and, of course, Worst Picture.
EARTH’s seven statuettes pull it into a dead-even tie with All-Time RAZZIE
Champion SHOWGIRLS (Which won Worst Picture of the Decade at last
year’s 20th Annual RAZZIE Awards).
only two awards NOT given to BATTLEFIELD were in categories where it wasn’t
even nominated: Worst Actress of 2000 went to last year’s Worst
Actress of the Century “Winner” Madonna as a Single Mom fighting
for custody of her child in The Ham-Fisted Melodramatic Ham-Fest THE NEXT BEST
THING. Worst Remake or Sequel was BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH, TOO,
which grossed less than $30 million as the follow-up to last year’s $140+
million-grosser THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.
were determined by mailing ballots to some 535 GRAF Members throughout 35 U.S.
states and a dozen foreign countries. The actual award, a golf-ball-sized
raspberry atop a mangled Super 8 film reel spray-painted gold, was designed by
RAZZIE Founder John Wilson, a graduate of the UCLA Motion Picture/TV
Department and author of EVERYTHING I KNOW I LEARNED AT THE MOVIES. As was the
case 96.7% of the time in the previous 20 years, actual “Winners” were NOT
expected to attend or make overlong thank you speeches…
more info on the RAZZIE Awards, or to arrange in interview with RAZZIE Founder
Wilson, please contact Headberry@razzies.com
Annual Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE) Award “Winners”
BATTLEFIELD EARTH (Warner Bros.) Elie Samaha, Jonathan D. Krane
and John Travolta,
John Travolta#@/BATTLEFIELD EARTH and LUCKY NUMBERS (Paramount).
Madonna* /THE NEXT BEST THING (Paramount)
John Travolta and Anyone Sharing the Screen with Him
Kelly Preston/BATTLEFIELD EARTH
Barry Pepper/BATTLEFIELD EARTH
Remake or Sequel:
BOOK OF SHADOWS/BLAIR WITCH 2 (Artisan Entertainment)
Bill Carraro, Producer.
Roger Christian/BATTLEFIELD EARTH
BATTLEFIELD EARTH Screenplay by Corey Mandell and J.D. Shapiro,
Based on the Novel by L. Ron Hubbard
EARTH – 7 RAZZIES
(Worst Picture, Actor, Screen Couple, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress,
Director and Screenplay) Tying with the All-Time Record!
OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 – 1 RAZZIE
(Worst Remake or Sequel)
NEXT BEST THING – 1 RAZZIE (Worst Actress/Madonna)
* Denotes Previous RAZZIE “Winner”;
# Denotes Previous RAZZIE Nominee;
@ Denotes Previous OSCAR® Nominee.
The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation and John Wilson