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'Striptease,' 'Dr. Moreau' vie for worst-film honor

Demi Moore in Striptease

February 10, 1997
Web posted at: 5:30 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- The envelope please. And the worst movies of the year are ... "Striptease" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau." The two box-office bombs top the list of Golden Raspberry nominations, or spoof Oscars, announced Monday, one day before the real Academy Award nominations are revealed.

Demi Moore, who spent months in men's clubs researching her role as a mother who turns to the bump-and-grind industry to earn enough to keep custody of her child, is doubly honored with two "Razzie" nominations as worst actress. She is named for "Striptease" as well as her other big-screen performance last year in "The Juror."

Tom Arnold goes even one better with the dubious honor of getting three "Razzie" nominations as Worst Actor -- for three forgettable films -- "Big Bully," "Carpool" and "The Stupids."

And Whoopi Goldberg too gets the nod for Worst Actress for a trio of efforts -- "Bogus," "Eddie" and "Theodore Rex."

The Island of Dr. Moreau

"Striptease," which flopped in North America but has been profitable overseas, took a total of six Razzie nominations, the same as "The Island of Dr. Moreau." Past Oscar-winner Marlon Brando got a Razzie nod for worst supporting actor in the film. The movie also earned a Razzie nomination for worst director (John Frankenheimer) and worst screenplay, based on the original H.G. Wells novel.

Not to be outdone, "Striptease" also earned a worst screenplay nomination and a nod for worst original song for a ditty entitled "Pussy, Pussy, Pussy (Whose Kitty Cat Are You?)"

Also in the race for worst picture are: "Barb Wire," Pamela Anderson Lee's first foray away from TV's "Baywatch"; "Ed," a disastrous effort featuring a pairing of Matt LeBlanc of television's "Friends" with a mechanical monkey, and "The Stupids."

Vying with Arnold for the worst actor title are previous Razzie nominee Keanu Reeves for "Chain Reaction," Adam Sandler for "Bulletproof" and two previous Razzie winners, Pauly Shore for "Bio-Dome" and Sylvester Stallone for "Daylight." Stallone's nomination is his 13th in a row, making him the all-time Razzie champion.

Others challenging Moore and Goldberg for worst actress are previous winner Melanie Griffith for "Two Much," Anderson Lee for "Barb Wire" and Julia Roberts for "Mary Reilly."

The "winners" of the Razzies, presented by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, will be announced at a satirical ceremony March 23, the day before the Academy Awards show.


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