Sylvester Stallone and Madonna were named last century’s worst actor and actress, and Kevin Kline and Will Smith were crowned worst screen couple of 1999 at the 20th Razzie awards Saturday, a pre-Oscars Hollywood tradition that recognizes the worst achievements in film.
“Wild Wild West,” an over-budget box office disappointment based on the 1960s television Western of the same name, swept the Razzies with five awards — “winning” for worst picture of the year, worst director, worst screenplay, worst song and worst new screen couple for Kline and Smith.
Film critic Roger Ebert has said the pair had “so little screen chemistry they seem to be acting in front of rear-screen projections of each other.”
Adam Sandler was named worst actor of the year for playing the “amazingly idiotic adoptive father” in “Big Daddy,” and Heather Donahue was named worst actress for her role as the irksome director in “The Blair Witch Project.”
Jar Jar Binks, the computer-generated creature from “Star Wars: Episode I — Phantom Menace” that some critics said appeared to have been based on a racial stereotype, was named worst supporting actor. Denise Richards, the tank-topped “nuclear physicist” from the latest James Bond epic, “The World Is Not Enough,” was named worst supporting actress.
‘Showgirls’ is special
Special Razzies also were awarded to “Showgirls” as the decade’s worst film, and regular Razzie targets Stallone and Madonna were named worst actor and actress of the 20th century.
Razzie creator John Wilson said Internet voting was still going on to pick the worst films of the century in a poll to be called, “100 Years, 100 Stinkers,” being conducted on the Razzies Web site (www.razzies.com).
The actual Razzie Award, a gold-spray-painted plastic raspberry atop a mangled Super 8 film reel, now has an inflation-adjusted estimated street value of about $4.27.