They may not have won a Golden Globe, and their names were conspicuously absent from the list of Oscar nominations, but stars like Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears are still vying for the gold: the Golden Raspberry.
Duff, Lopez and Spears are among the nominees for the 25th annual Razzies, a ceremony honoring 2004's worst achievements in film.
For her roles in "A Cinderella Story" and "Raise Your Voice," Duff was nominated for Worst Actress. She'll go up against Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Shawn and Marlon Wayans — who got the nod for achievements in drag in "White Chicks."
Lopez and Spears will duke it out for Worst Supporting Actress for their small roles in "Jersey Girl" and "Fahrenheit 9/11," respectively. Carmen Electra ("Starsky & Hutch"), Condoleezza Rice ("Fahrenheit 9/11") and Sharon Stone ("Catwoman") are also up for the title.
Nominees for the awards were announced on Monday by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, a group that annually determines the most abysmal films, actors and songs of the last year. Suitably timed to strike Hollywood hopefuls when they're down, the nominees are unveiled less than 24 hours before the ceremonious announcement of the Oscar nominations (see "Jamie Foxx Gets Two Oscar Nods, 'Aviator' Leads Pack").
With its tail between its legs, "Catwoman" leads this shamed pack of nominees for featuring what the Golden Raspberry Foundation calls "an Oscar winner calamitously miscast as a cartoon character." The flick, widely panned by critics, is a candidate for awards including Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Berry) and Worst Screen Couple (Berry and either Benjamin Bratt or Sharon Stone).
For being a "big-budget epic that managed to be both historical and hysterical," "Alexander" is a contender for six awards, including Worst Picture. In addition to challenging "Catwoman" in that category, it will go up against "Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2," "Surviving Christmas" and "White Chicks" for the dishonor.
If selected as the best of the worst in their respective categories, nominees will receive "an unintentionally cheapjack tchotchke featuring a gold-ball-sized, handcrafted RAZZberry atop a mangled Super 8 film reel that's spray-painted gold and has an estimated street value of $4.79," according to the foundation.
With 2005 commemorating the 25th anniversary of the awards, the Golden Raspberry Foundation also revealed its nominees for the special Worst of Our First 25 Years Awards. The category of Worst Razzie Loser honors the Susan Luccis of the Razzie Awards, those actors who have been nominated several times but never won. Nominees include Kim Basinger, Angelina Jolie, Ryan O'Neal, Keanu Reeves and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who leads with eight nominations.
Winners will be announced at Hollywood's Ivar Theatre on February 26 at 7:30 p.m. PT, one day before the Oscars.
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