Last year, Halle Berry's "Catwoman" left an unpleasant stench in the collective litterbox of her moviegoing fanbase. This weekend, the star bravely returned to cover up her mess.
Keeping with the cat-litter theme, the Oscar sweetheart of three years ago declared, "I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh--, god-awful movie," as she picked up her trophy at the 25th annual Razzie Awards on Saturday.
The Golden Raspberry (or Razzie) awards, whose Web site touts the event as "the foremost authority on all things that suck on the big screen," has mocked everyone from Madonna to Sylvester Stallone to Mariah Carey over the years.
Rarely, however, do any of them actually show up to take their medicine. Brandishing a flair for humor last witnessed in "Gothika," Berry mocked herself and co-stars Sharon Stone and Benjamin Bratt during her acceptance speech. "I'd like to thank the rest of the cast," the actress said while picking up her spray-painted golf ball trophy. "To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors."
"Catwoman" picked up a total of four Razzie "wins" for Worst Actress (Berry), Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and a Worst Director nod to the singularly named French auteur Pitof (whose presumed feelings about the award could be approximated placing the letter "S" after the "I" in his moniker).
When "Catwoman" wasn't nipping away at the top awards, the Bush administration scored some Razzies of its own. With help from Michael Moore's polemic "Fahrenheit 9/11," the leader of the free world received the award for Worst Actor in a Leading Role, while Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was voted Worst Supporting Actor. Britney Spears won Worst Supporting Actress for her "Fahrenheit" cameo, and Worst Screen Couple was awarded to "George W. Bush and either Condoleezza Rice or His Pet Goat."
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the anti-awards — which are timed to coincide with the Oscars — handed out special disses to the worst of the past two-and-a-half decades. 2003's "American Idol" musical "From Justin to Kelly" was named Worst Musical of Our First 25 Years, while Worst Comedy went to "Gigli" (also from 2003) and Worst Drama brought back the tremble-inducing name of 2000's "Battlefield Earth." Arnold Schwarzenegger was named Worst Loser for his eight nominations without a prize — breaking his own streak by receiving a Razzie for never having gotten one before.
Hollywood's least-coveted trophies, handed out this year in a 90-minute affair at the historic Ivar Theatre in Hollywood, are estimated by the Razzies committee to have a street value of $4.97. They are voted on by approximately 700 eligible voters in the Golden Raspberry Foundation. "I hope to God I never see these people again," Berry told The Associated Press at the ceremony.
When it comes to leather-clad superheroine Patience Phillips, the feeling is mutual.
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