Sunday 25 February 2007

Alternative Film Awards

Amid the hoopla and speculation about tonight's Oscar ceremony it's nice to remember a couple of alternative awards.

Last night marked the 27th Golden Raspberry Awards, or the Razzies, which handed out dishonourables to the worst Hollywood films last year.

Leading the pack was Basic Instinct: 2, which nabbed worst Actress (Sharon Stone), Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Sequel. It was neatly followed by the film Little Man, which collared Worst Actor (Marlon Wayans & Shawn Wayans), Worst Screen Couple (same again) and Worst Remake/Rip-Off. Lady in the Water took home two Razzies for Worst Supporting Actor (M. Night Shyamalan) and Worst Director (M. Night Shyamalan). Carmen Elecktra scooped a Worst Supporting Actress for her work in both Date Movie, and Scary Movie 4.

On a more positive note, film critic Mark Kermode handed out his "Kermode Awards" on the BBC's Culture Show this week. His "alternative Oscars" is aimed to re-address outrageous omissions in Oscars nominations.

His favourites: Best Actor: Toby Jones as Truman Capote in Infamous; Best Actress:
Sandra Hüller as Michaela Klingler in Requiem; Best Picture: Pan's Labyrinth; Best Director: Guillermo Del Toro for Pan's Labyrinth; and Best Sound Design for David's Lynch's Inland Empire.

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