Hoisting her Academy Award in one hand and her newly won Razzie in the other, Halle Berry reveled in her career low point. "Omigosh, oh, my God," Berry gasped Saturday night, feigning excitement as she held her hand to her mouth and forehead. "I never in my life thought that I would be here, winning a Razzie. It's not like I ever aspired to be here, but thank you." Berry was picked as worst actress for 2004's action bomb Catwoman, which also took the prize for worst film at the 25th annual Razzies, an Oscar spoof that trashes Hollywood's worst.
Berry, an Oscar winner three years ago for Monster's Ball, thanked Warner Bros., her manager, agent, and fellow actors, and the film's writers--"all 20 of them." "You don't win a Razzie without a lot of help from a lot of people," she said, to a roar of applause from the crowd at Hollywood's Ivar Theatre. "It was just what my career needed, you know. I was just at the top, and then Catwoman just plummeted me to the bottom."
Berry, one of several Oscar-winning actors to be dishonored by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, was the first actor to accept a Razzie in person since Tom Green did so for his part in 2001's Freddy Got Fingered. Berry, who wore a simple black dress, turned serious for a few beats in explaining why she showed up for the ceremony. "When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there's no way you could be a good winner," said the actress who also presented an award at Sunday night's Oscars. However, she added, "I hope to God I never see these people again!"
Other Razzie winners included President Bush for his leading appearance in news and archival footage of Michael Moore's satiric documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was voted Worst Supporting Actor for the film, while Britney Spears's fleeting cameo in the documentary brought her the Worst Supporting Actress Razzie. Razzies founder John Wilson said the prizes were not meant to mock Moore's film, only the statements Bush and the others make while "putting their highly paid, highly skilled feet in their mouths repeatedly and sucking on them."
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who gave up Hollywood to become California governor, was chosen worst Razzie loser of the first 25 years, a special prize given to actors who had received the most nominations without ever winning a Razzie. His latest loss also came Saturday, to Rumsfeld in the supporting category, in which Schwarzenegger was nominated for Around the World in 80 Days. Chosen by about 675 voters around the world, Razzies also were awarded for worst films of the group's first 25 years: Drama, Battlefield Earth; comedy, Gigli; and musical, From Justin to Kelly.
Other 2004 Razzies went to Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed for worst sequel and Catwoman for worst director (the French director Jean-Christophe Comar, who goes by the name Pitof) and screenplay. Wilson relishes savaging perpetual winners such as Sylvester Stallone and Madonna. In the case of Berry, Wilson felt sympathy, saying Catwoman was simply the result of a misguided career move. "It's kind of like the old Disneyland commercial. Halle Berry, you just won an Oscar. What are you going to do now? I'm going to play...Catwoman?" Wilson said. "Don't get us wrong. She's a very talented actress, a very beautiful woman, who just made a mistake. We're not trashing Halle Berry as a human being. We're only saying, we're so sorry you chose to do this." (AP)