This article was corrected on Feb. 4, 2002.
HOLLYWOOD — Oh, those naughty, naughty Razzie people!
Every year, Hollywood filmmakers and actors work very hard to create the best film possible. And when the results don’t match their sincerity, what is the reward? All too often, it’s disappointing box office — and a nomination for a Razzie award.
It’s enough to make you wonder if life is fair.
John Wilson and his Golden Raspberry Foundation send out preliminary ballots, which offer about 10 semifinalists, with the opportunities for write-ins.
At least in the early tabulations, the big “winner” is Tom Green. Thanks to “Freddy Got Fingered,” he’s up for worst actor, director and screenplay, while “Tom Green & any animal he abuses” were in the race for worst screen couple.
Also in that last-named category: Tom Cruise & Penelope Cruz in “Vanilla Sky”; Sylvester Stallone & Burt Reynolds in “Driven”; and Mariah Carey’s cleavage in “Glitter.”
We told you the Razzie people were naughty.
This is the 22nd year of the awards. “It started in 1980 when I saw a double feature of ‘Can’t Stop the Music’ and ‘Xanadu.’ I only paid 99 cents and it still wasn’t worth it,” Wilson said.
From its living-room origins, the org has grown enormously. Nominating ballots were sent to 507 people, evenly split among voters from the Internet, journalism and industry workers.
The nominations come out Feb. 11, the day before Oscar noms are announced. And the Razzies will be handed out March 23, the day before the Oscar ceremonies. (Wait, is there a pattern here?)
The group has a development deal with Nash Entertainment, which is pitching a TV version of the ceremonies to broadcast and cable.
As for this year’s crop, Wilson expressed great fervor for “Freddy” and “Glitter,” particularly for Carey. “I would say she’s got a lock on worst actress. She’s the female equivalent of ‘Battlefield Earth.’ “