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Monday, 22 March, 1999, 00:40 GMT
And the Raspberry goes to...
Spice Girls at Cannes
When there were five - the Spice Girls at the Cannes film festival
Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas broke a record on Saturday night he would probably prefer to forget when his movie Burn, Hollywood, Burn "won" five Golden Raspberry awards.

The film was declared "a tasteless, laugh-free Tinseltown satire" at the annual spoof Oscar ceremony, which takes place the night before the real thing.

Never before in the 19-year history of the awards has a film taken such a panning. The "Razzies" go to Hollywood's most appalling moves and worst performers of the year.

The Spice Girls collectively won the worst actress award for their debut film Spice World.

The British stars were described as "a five-member girl group with the talent of one bad actress between them".

Bruce Willis took the worst actor role for the three films he made in 1998 - Armageddon, Mercury Rising and the Siege.

Bruce Willis
Willis: not one - but three bad movies
The 475 members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation - a collection of movie fans and industry professionals - also found a prize for teenage heart-throb Leonard DicCaprio. He won the Worst Screen Couple category for his role as the twins in The man In The Iron Mask.

Worst director was Gus Van Sant for his extraordinary scene-for-scene remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.

But it was Joe Eszterhas' night. For his tale about a director trying to sabotage a film his producers have mangled he was named author of the worst screenplay, worst new star and worst supporting actor. An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollwood, Burn was named worst film and had the worst song (I wanna be Mike Ovitz).

Ironically, director Arthur Hiller demanded that his name be taken off the credits after a disastrous preview. Alan Smithee is the name used by directors when they do not want to be associated with a film.

John Wilson, the founder of the awards, said the 19th annual list marked the "worst movie going year ever."

He created a new category to mark what he considered the worst trend in recent films, Gidgets and Geezers, described as films with 58-year-old men wooing 28-year-old leading ladies.

The list of shame

Worst Film
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn

Worst Actor:
Bruce Willis for Armageddon, Mercury Rising and The Siege

Worst Actress:
The Spice Girls: Spice World

Worst Screen couple:
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Man in the Iron Mask

Worst director:
Gus Van Sant, for Psycho

Worst Remake or Sequel:
(tie) Psycho, Godzilla and The Avengers

Worst Screenplay:
Joe Eszterhas

Worst Original Song:
I wanna be Mike Ovitz

Worst Supporting Actor:
Joe Eszterhas

Worst Supporting Actress:
Maria Pitillo for Godzilla

Worst New Star:
(tie) Joe Eszterhas and Jerry Springer for Ringmaster

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