Sunday, February 27, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Halle Berry won an Academy Award. Now she’s won a Razzie. George W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger won elections. Now they’ve won Razzies.

Miss Berry was picked yesterday as worst actress for 2004’s action bomb “Catwoman,” which also took the prize for worst film at the 25th annual Razzies, an Oscar spoof that trashes Hollywood’s low points.

Mr. Bush won the worst-actor award for his appearance in news and archival footage of Michael Moore’s satiric documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was voted worst supporting actor for “Fahrenheit 9/11,” while Britney Spears’ fleeting cameo in the documentary brought her the worst supporting actress Razzie.

Razzies founder John Wilson said the prizes were not meant to mock Mr. Moore’s film, only the statements Mr. Bush and the others made while “putting their highly paid, highly skilled feet in their mouths repeatedly and sucking on them.”

Mr. Schwarzenegger, who gave up Hollywood to become California governor, was chosen worst Razzie loser of the first 25 years, a special prize given to actors who had received the most nominations without ever winning a Razzie. His latest loss also came yesterday, to Mr. Rumsfeld in the supporting category, in which Mr. Schwarzenegger was nominated for “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Chosen by about 675 voters around the world, Razzies also were awarded for worst films of the group’s first 25 years: drama, “Battlefield Earth”; comedy, “Gigli”; and musical, “From Justin to Kelly.”

Other 2004 Razzies went to “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” for worst sequel, and “Catwoman” for worst director and screenplay.

Mr. Wilson relishes savaging perpetual winners such as Sylvester Stallone and Madonna. In the case of Miss Berry, an Oscar winner three years ago for “Monster’s Ball,” Mr. Wilson felt sympathy, saying “Catwoman” was simply the result of a misguided career move.

“It’s kind of like the old Disneyland commercial. Halle Berry, you just won an Oscar. What are you going to do now? I’m going to play… ‘Catwoman?’” Mr. Wilson said.

“Don’t get us wrong. She’s a very talented actress, a very beautiful woman, who just made a mistake. We’re not trashing Halle Berry as a human being. We’re only saying, ‘We’re so sorry you chose to do this.’”

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