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The Razzie Awards

While everyone is talking about the Oscar Awards, here I would like to write about the Razzie awards – the awards for the worst actors and worst movies. The fur is still flying over Halle Berry’s action movie “Catwoman.” The Razzies, which gives award, to the worst film in the industry, gave “Catwoman” a leading seven nominations, among them “worst picture”, “worst actress” for Berry and “worst supporting players” for Sharon Stone and Lambert Wilson.

“Catwoman” was also nominated for “worst screen couple” for Berry with either Stone or co-star Benjamin Bratt.

“Catwoman is the cinematic equivalent of a clump in the cat-litter box” Razzies founder John Wilson said.

“Kind of a sad little thing laying there stinking up the place.”

The historical bomb “Alexander” was second with six Razzie nominations, including “worst picture”, “worst actor” Colin Farrell, “worst actress” Angelina Jolie and “worst director” Oliver Stone.

The other worst-picture contenders were the family action comedy “Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2,” the holiday family movie “Surviving Christmas” and the cross-dressing comedy “White Chicks.”

President Bush and some of his advisers received “worst-acting” nominations for their appearances in the news and archives in Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which assails Bush for his actions surrounding the September 11 attacks.

Bush was nominated for “worst actor”, while Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice got a nomination for “worst supporting actress” and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for “worst supporting actor”.

Wilson said that while “Fahrenheit 9/11” was a piece of anti-Bush propaganda, the President and his associates earned their Razzie nominations on their own.

“It wasn’t Mr. Moore’s editing” Wilson said. “It’s the raw footage of these people just making fools of themselves.”

Just a few seconds of screen time in “Fahrenheit 9/11” brought a nomination as “worst supporting actress” for Britney Spears, who sits for a moment blank-faced and chewing gum in the film, before saying she thinks people should support the President in all decisions he makes.

Along with Bush and Farrell, “worst-actor nominees” were Ben Affleck for “Jersey Girl” and “Surviving Christmas”; Vin Diesel for “The Chronicles of Riddick”; and Ben Stiller for “Along Came Polly”, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”, “Envy” and “Starsky & Hutch”.

Joining Berry and Jolie as “worst-actress” contenders were Hilary Duff for “A Cinderella Story” and “Raise Your Voice” and two pairs of siblings: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for “New York Minute” and Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who play federal agents in drag in “White Chicks.”

The Olsen twins and the Wayans brothers also had nominations as “worst screen couples”.

Arnold Schwarzenegger received a nomination for “worst supporting actor” for “Around the World in 80 Days”, which was his last movie before becoming California’s governor. Besides him, Rumsfeld and Wilson, the other supporting nominees were Val Kilmer for “Alexander” and Jon Voight for “Superbabies”.

Besides Rice, Spears and Stone, Carmen Elektra of “Starsky & Hutch” and Jennifer Lopez of “Jersey Girl” were also nominated for “worst supporting actress”.

Selected by about 500 members of the Golden Raspberry Foundation, Razzie nominations were released a day before the Academy Awards nominations come out. Razzie winners were announced Feb. 26, a day before the Oscars.

By Andrew Milokhin, School No. 380, 10th grade