Razzies Target ‘Love Guru’ and Uwe Boll21 Jan, 2009 By: John Latchem
Mike Myers’ pet project The Love Guru has earned the dubious distinction of seven nominations for the 29th annual Golden Raspberry Awards. The infamous trophy, affectionately referred to as the Razzie, is bestowed upon the worst achievements in film. The list of nominees also provides an ideal template for bad-movie fans looking to host a DVD marathon.
Nominees for worst picture include The Love Guru (Paramount Home Entertainment), The Happening (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), The Hottie & the Nottie (Liberation), In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (Fox) and a shared nomination for the twin bill of spoofs Disaster Movie (Lionsgate) and Meet the Spartans (Fox).
The Disaster Movie/Meet the Spartans tandem was named for being a “badly beaten dead horse of a concept,” bringing six nominations. The Hottie & the Nottie earned five nominations, while The Happening and In the Name of the King each earned four.
Razzie recipients will be announced Feb. 21, the day before the Oscars.
Nominated for worst actor were Myers, Larry The Cable Guy for Witless Protection (Lionsgate), Eddie Murphy for Meet Dave (Fox), Al Pacino for 88 Minutes (Sony Pictures) and Righteous Kill (Anchor Bay), and Mark Wahlberg for The Happening (Fox) and Max Payne (Fox).
Worst actress nominees include Jessica Alba for The Love Guru and The Eye (Lionsgate), Cameron Diaz for What Happens in Vegas (Fox), Paris Hilton for The Hottie & the Nottie, Kate Hudson for Fool’s Gold (Warner) and My Best Friend’s Girl (Lionsgate), and the cast of The Women (Warner) — Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Meg Ryan.
Hilton also earned a worst supporting actress nomination for Repo! The Genetic Opera (Lionsgate). Other nominees include Carmen Electra for Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans, Kim Kardashian for Disaster Movie, Jenny McCarthy for Witless Protection and Leelee Sobieski for 88 Minutes and In the Name of the King.
The Razzies reserved a special honor for German director Uwe Boll, bestowing upon him a “worst career achievement” award as “Germany’s answer to Ed Wood.”
Boll also earned nominations for worst supporting actor for playing himself in Postal (Vivendi Entertainment); worst director for 1968: Tunnel Rats, In The Name of the King and Postal; and worst screen couple for “Uwe Boll and ANY actor, camera or screenplay.”
In addition to Boll, worst supporting actor noms went to Ben Kingsley for The Love Guru, The Wackness and War, Inc. (First Look); Verne Troyer for The Love Guru and Postal; Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia! (Universal); and Burt Reynolds for Deal (Fox/MGM) and In the Name of the King.
Boll’s competition for worst screen couple includes Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher in What Happens in Vegas, Paris Hilton and either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore in The Hottie & the Nottie, Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy in Witless Protection, and Eddie Murphy IN Eddie Murphy from Meet Dave.
The worst director list includes Boll, Marco Schabel for The Love Guru, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer for Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans, Tom Putnam for The Hottie & the Nottie and M. Night Shyamalan for The Happening.
Worst screenplay noms went to The Love Guru, Disaster Movie/Meet the Spartans, The Happening, The Hottie & the Nottie and In the Name of the King.
The list of worst prequel, remake, ripoff or sequel includes Disaster Movie/Meet the Spartans, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull (Paramount), Speed Racer (Warner), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Warner), and The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Tunnel Rats and The Day the Earth Stood Still are the only nominees without a DVD release as of the Razzie announcement.