Mike Myers’ “Love Guru” and Paris Hilton were top winners at the 29th Razzie Awards, the annual eve-of-Oscars salute to the very worst of Hollywood, organizers said on Saturday.
Cast member Mike Myers gestures at the premiere of “The Love Guru” at the Grauman’s Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California June 11, 2008.(
Myers’ critically panned movie picked up three of the movie industry’s least coveted awards — a gold spray-painted raspberry — which organizers say are worth a whopping four dollars and ninety-seven cents.
The alleged comedy, about an ice hockey player who enlists the help of a mystic guru to help him turn around his professional and personal fortunes, picked up worst picture, worst actor for Myers and worst screenplay.
Yet Myers was rivalled in the Razzie stakes by celebutante Hilton, who made good on her pledge to seek a lower public profile following her 2007 prison drama by appearing in two movies in 2008 that no-one watched.
Hilton scooped up the worst actress prize for “The Hottie and the Nottie”, a movie which Britain’s Daily Mirror decried as a movie “of monumental dreadfulness.”
The hotel heiress also scored a rare double, winning the worst supporting actress Razzie for her cameo in “Repo: The Genetic Opera”, which was condemned variously as “awful, disgusting and insulting” — all in one review.
Hilton also added to her Razzie haul with the worst screen couple dishonor, again for her performance in “The Hottie and the Nottie.”
Meanwhile German filmmaker Uwe Boll — branded the “teutonic twerp of world cinema” — picked up the worst director Razzie as well as a worst career achievement award.
Boll’s fantasy film “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” was one of the most savagely reviewed movies of last year.
Other notable winners on Saturday included former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who picked up the worst supporting actor for his performance in ABBA musical “Mamma Mia.”
Meanwhile Steven Spielberg’s revival of the Indiana Jones franchise in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was crowned worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel.