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Tom Green sweeps Razzies; first actor to show up for award

Monday, March 25, 2002

By David Germain, The Associated Press

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Tom Green swept the "Razzies" awards Saturday for his much-reviled comedy "Freddy Got Fingered" -- and gave himself a red-carpet welcome as the first actor to ever accept an award in person.

Actor Tom Green holds three of the five Razzies that he won following the 22nd Annual Golden Raspberry Awards Saturday. Green received his awards for his part in "Freddy Got Fingered." The awards show recognizes movie flops from the last year. (John Hayes, Associated Press)

"Freddy" was named worst picture at the Golden Raspberry Awards, the annual booby-prize spoof held on the eve of the Academy Awards. It out-polled Sylvester Stallone's "Driven," Mariah Carey's "Glitter," "Pearl Harbor" and Kevin Costner's "3000 Miles to Graceland."

Green "set out to make something stupid and offensive. It's got bestiality, incest, child abuse. Uggh," Razzies founder John Wilson said. "If it is an intentionally bad movie, it is the 'Citizen Kane' of intentionally bad movies."

Green also was chosen as worst actor and director, shared the worst screenplay award with co-writer Derek Harvie and was cited for worst screen couple -- "Tom Green and any animal he abuses."

He brought along his own length of cheap red carpet and unrolled it across the sidewalk to walk on as he entered a magic shop whose small theater was the site of the awards.

"I'd just like to say to all the other nominees in the audience, I don't think that I deserve it anymore than the rest of you," Green said as he accepted the worst picture trophy. "I'd like to say that. I don't think that it would be true, though."

The only other Razzies winner ever to show up in the event's 22-year history was "Showgirls" director Paul Verhoeven.

The Razzies are chosen by the group's 520 members. Wilson said the gold-painted, raspberry-topped trophies cost $4.79 each.

Other Razzies "winners:"

Worst actor: Mariah Carey for "Glitter."

Worst supporting actor: Charlton Heston for "Cats & Dogs," "Planet of the Apes" and "Town & Country."

Worst supporting actress: Estella Warren for "Driven" and "Planet of the Apes."

Worst remake or sequel: "Planet of the Apes."

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