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''Gigli'' sweeps worst-film awards. Bennifer's blowout earns six of the dubious honors, while Stallone picks up a record 10th Razzie for his ''Spy Kids 3'' role

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, ... | ONSCREEN CHEMISTRY Erstwhile couple Lopez and Affleck won a pair of Razzies for ''Gigli''
Image credit: Gigli: Phillip Caruso
ONSCREEN CHEMISTRY Erstwhile couple Lopez and Affleck won a pair of Razzies for ''Gigli''

This year's surest lock for a movie-awards sweep did not belong to ''The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'' (it still has some serious challengers in some Oscar categories), but rather, to ''Gigli.'' The Bennifer bomb earned six of the top prizes at Saturday's 24th annual Golden Raspberry Awards, which customarily give a Bronx cheer on the day before the Academy Awards to the year's worst achievements in filmmaking. ''Gigli'''s Razzies included Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Ben Affleck, who split the award with himself for his work in ''Daredevil'' and ''Paycheck''), Worst Actress (Jennifer Lopez), Worst Screen Couple, and Worst Director and Screenplay (both for Martin Brest). In the annals of Razzie-dom, only ''Showgirls'' and ''Battlefield Earth'' have fared worse, winning seven trophies each.

One Razzie winner who did set a record was Sylvester Stallone. The longtime Razzie whipping boy (the award's voters had previously named him Worst Actor of the 20th Century) took home an unprecedented 10th prize for his supporting role in ''Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.'' Demi Moore's comeback in ''Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle'' earned her a Worst Supporting Actor award. (The film also earned the Worst Remake or Sequel prize.) Two other movies were such travesties that Razzie voters had to invent special citations for them. The ''American Idol'' beach musical ''From Justin to Kelly'' earned a Special Governor's Award for its two-left-footed choreography, and ''Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat'' was named Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie.

The Razzie trophy is a spray-painted golf ball whose street value is estimated at $4.89. As usual, none of the honorees managed to make it to the Santa Monica ceremony to pick up their prizes.

Originally posted Feb 29, 2004
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