- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2008

Tops at flops

A year after his Academy Awards dream went up in smoke, Eddie Murphy has not just one consolation prize, but three: Razzie Awards as worst actor, worst supporting actor and worst supporting actress for the comedy “Norbit.”

The fourth acting “dis-honor” announced at Saturday’s iconoclastic Golden Raspberry Awards went to Lindsay Lohan, who actually was voted two worst-actress trophies for the thriller “I Know Who Killed Me,” the worst-picture winner in which she played dual roles.

“I Know Who Killed Me” set a Razzies record with eight awards, including worst screen couple for Miss Lohan in her double role. Topping the previous record of seven Razzies for both “Showgirls” and “Battlefield Earth,” “I Know Who Killed Me” also won for worst director (Chris Sivertson), screenplay (Jeff Hammond), horror movie, and remake or rip-off

With his latest exercise in multiple roles, Mr. Murphy was the first person ever to win three acting Razzies in one year. He won as worst actor for the geeky title role, supporting actress as his tubby, shrewish wife and supporting actor as a stereotyped Asian man. Some awards watchers say “Norbit” cost Mr. Murphy an Oscar, landing in theaters shortly before last year’s ceremony and potentially displeasing enough academy voters that the balloting went against him for “Dreamgirls,” for which he had been the supporting-actor favorite. He lost the Oscar to Alan Arkin for “Little Miss Sunshine.”

The Razzies ceremony at a magic shop in Santa Monica, Calif., came a day before last night’s Oscars, where “Norbit” ironically was up for the best-makeup prize against “La Vie En Rose” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”

Between them, “Norbit” and “I Know Who Killed Me” won all but one of the Razzies. But the remaining prize still had a Murphy connection, with worst prequel or sequel going to Cuba Gooding Jr.’s “Daddy Day Camp,” a follow-up to Mr. Murphy’s “Daddy Day Care.”

Double celebration

Will Smith wasn’t nominated for an Oscar this year, but his role in “I Am Legend” has earned a different “academy” award — from the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy.

Mr. Smith on Friday was named the first winner of the Cadet Choice Movie Award, which was designed to honor the fictional character that best personifies West Point leadership qualities on the silver screen.

Mr. Smith’s character in the film, Army virologist Dr. Robert Neville, is the lone survivor of a zombie-making virus that devastates Manhattan.

Nominated for his “value-based leadership,” the Neville character received 27 percent of the cadets’ 2,200 online votes.

Runners-up included King Leonidas of “300,” portrayed by Gerard Butler, and John McClane of “Live Free or Die Hard,” portrayed byBruce Willis.

Mr. Smith also won an apology and undisclosed damages in a London court over a false claim that he had described World War II Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as a “good person.” The High Court was told that the Oscar-nominated star, one of the world’s most popular and highly paid actors, was left deeply distressed and acutely embarrassed over the wrong story published by an entertainment news service.

Please call home

Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito said he would try to visit his parents more often so they can see more of their granddaughter, in response to a rare rebuke from a senior palace official. Emperor Akihito complained more than a year ago in a press conference that he and his wife, Empress Michiko, had few opportunities to see Princess Aiko, now 6.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee and Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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