`Freddy Got Fingered' gets big thumbs-down in movie dishonors

Monday, February 11th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Tom Green got fingered by the Razzies, a movie-award spoof that singled out his ``Freddy Got Fingered'' with a leading eight nominations, including worst picture of last year.

Joining Green's tacky comedy in the worst-picture category were Sylvester Stallone's racing flick ``Driven,'' Mariah Carey's pop-star bomb ``Glitter,'' the war epic ``Pearl Harbor'' and Kevin Costner's Elvis-impersonator heist thriller ''3000 Miles to Graceland.''

Contenders for the 22nd annual Razzies, organized by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, were announced Monday, a day before Oscar nominations come out. Razzie ``winners'' will be announced March 23, the eve of the Academy Awards ceremony.

Green and Stallone tied for most individual nominations with four each. The foundation's 500 members cited Green for worst actor, director, screenplay and worst screen couple (``Tom Green and any animal he abuses'').

Razzies founder John Wilson said he expects ``Freddy Got Fingered'' to be the front-runner for worst picture.

``The movie has no redeeming value,'' Wilson said. ``If his point was to be offensive and stupid and obnoxious, then my gosh, he made a masterpiece. But then, it still is offensive and stupid and obnoxious.''

Stallone was nominated for worst supporting actor, screenplay and screen couple (with co-star Burt Reynolds) and shares the worst-picture nomination as a producer of ``Driven.'' Named worst actor of the century by the Razzies in 2000, Stallone holds the group's record with 29 nominations and nine ``wins.''

Up against Green for worst actor are Ben Affleck, ``Pearl Harbor''; Costner, ''3000 Miles to Graceland''; Keanu Reeves for both ``Hardball'' and ``Sweet November''; and John Travolta for ``Domestic Disturbance'' and ``Swordfish.'' Travolta received worst-actor dishonors last year for ``Battlefield Earth'' and ``Lucky Numbers.''

Carey is the clear favorite for worst actress, named on 93.3 percent of the nominating ballots, Wilson said. The singer's cleavage also was nominated for worst screen couple.

Other worst-actress nominees are Penelope Cruz (``Blow,'' ``Captain Corelli's Mandolin,'' ``Vanilla Sky''), Angelina Jolie (``Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,'' ``Original Sin''), Jennifer Lopez (``Angel Eyes,'' ``The Wedding Planner'') and Charlize Theron (``Sweet November'').

Besides Green, worst-director nominees are Michael Bay for ``Pearl Harbor,'' Peter Chelsom (with Warren Beatty) for ``Town & Country,'' Vondie Curtis Hall for ``Glitter'' and Renny Harlin for ``Driven.''