Advice for actors looking to get nominated for worst performance: multiple roles help. Lindsay Lohan and Eddie Murphy scored multiple nominations Monday for the Razzies, which sort out the worst that Hollywood dredged up the previous year.
Lohan’s thriller, “I Know Who Killed Me,” in which she plays two characters who may or may not be the same person, received a leading nine Razzie nominations, among them worst picture of 2007.
Murphy’s “Norbit,” released amid a film-honors season that earned Murphy an Academy Awards nomination for “Dreamgirls” last year, received eight Razzie nominations, five of them for Murphy alone, more than anyone has ever gotten in a single year.
Besides worst picture, “Norbit” had nominations for Murphy as worst actor in the title role, supporting actress as Norbit’s beefy wife, supporting actor as an Asian man and worst screen couple for Norbit opposite either of Murphy’s other characters. Murphy also shared a screenplay nomination for co-writing “Norbit.”
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“We decided that each of his characters was so offensive that he deserved individual nominations,” said Razzies founder John Wilson.
According to Wilson, Murphy’s closest competition for worst screen couple is Lohan in “I Know Who Killed Me,” in which she plays a small-town girl abducted by a psychopath and an alter-ego, a stripper who’s missing body parts.
Lohan’s movie played like a cross between the torture tale “Hostel” and “The Patty Duke Show,” Wilson said.
For worst actress, Lohan polled more heavily than any actor since Sofia Coppola in “The Godfather Part III,” Wilson said.
“`I Know Who Killed Me’ is the most fabulously brainless movie since `Showgirls,'” which Razzie voters picked as the worst movie of the 1990s, Wilson said. “By the end of it, you still don’t know what happened. Are they twins or aren’t they? Did she imagine it? Can I please have my hour and 50 minutes back?”
The other worst-picture nominees were “Bratz,” a live-action take on the cartoon about four chic young girls; “Daddy Day Camp,” with Cuba Gooding Jr. starring in a sequel to Murphy’s “Daddy Day Care”; and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry,” Adam Sandler and Kevin James’ comedy about firefighters posing as a gay couple.
Sandler and Gooding joined Murphy in the worst-actor category, along with Nicolas Cage for “Ghost Rider” and Jim Carrey for “The Number 23.”
Lohan was cited twice as worst actress for “I Know Who Killed Me,” while the four “Bratz” stars – Logan Browning, Janel Parrish, Nathalia Ramos and Skyler Shaye – shared a nomination. Also nominated were Jessica Alba for three films, “Awake,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” and “Good Luck Chuck”; Elisha Cuthbert for “Captivity”; and Diane Keaton for “Because I Said So.”
Along with Murphy, supporting actor included Orlando Bloom for “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” James and Rob Schneider for “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” and Jon Voight for “Bratz,” “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” “September Dawn” and “Transformers.”
Besides Murphy, supporting actress nominees were Jessica Biel for “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” and “Next,” Carmen Electra for “Epic Movie,” Julia Ormond for “I Know Who Killed Me” and Nicollette Sheridan for “Code Name: The Cleaner.”
A spoof of Hollywood awards, the Razzies made their announcement the day before the Oscar nominations come out. Razzie “winners” will be announced Feb. 23, a day before the Oscars.