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Flop earns Myers Razzies triple

Mike Myers with the poster of Love Guru in the background
Myers not only starred in but also co-wrote and produced The Love Guru

Mike Myers' comedy flop The Love Guru has dominated the Golden Raspberries, the spoof prizes awarded to the worst Hollywood movies of the year.

The film won Razzies for worst picture, worst actor - for Myers in the title role - and worst screenplay, in the annual eve-of-Oscars mock-ceremony.

In a rare double, socialite Paris Hilton "won" prizes for worst actress and supporting actress.

Neither Myers nor Hilton was at the ceremony to collect their awards.

The Love Guru is about an ice hockey player who turns to a mystic to help him turn around his professional and personal fortunes.

A New York Post review said: "At 88 minutes, The Love Guru would have benefited from a trim of roughly 80 minutes."

"The main thing wrong with it is no one said to Myers that it wasn't funny," said awards founder John Wilson.

"It was one of the big disasters of the year. He managed to offend the entire Indian population and his investors."

Scorn

Paris Hilton won worst actress for farce The Hottie and the Nottie, which Britain's Daily Mirror described as a film "of monumental dreadfulness".

She also scooped the worst supporting actress award for her cameo role in musical oddity Repo! The Genetic Opera.

"Other than the fact she's infamous there's really no reason to put her in a movie," Wilson told the BBC.

"I can't imagine anyone giving her billing above the title ever again."

Myers' Love Guru co-star Sir Ben Kingsley, though, was spared embarrassment when the worst supporting actor prize went to Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia!

Quizzed on his nomination at the Spirit Awards, held before the Razzie ceremony on Saturday, Sir Ben claimed not to know what a Razzie was.

"I guess he normally exists at a level where he wouldn't understand what we were talking about," said Wilson.

'Flatulence'

"But it is interesting the guy who played Gandhi is now playing a cross-eyed mystic with a flatulence problem."

Past Razzie winners include Ben Affleck, Eddie Murphy, Daryl Hannah and Halle Berry - one of the few recipients to have collected her prize in person.

Founded by Wilson, a copywriter and publicist, the Golden Raspberries have been pouring scorn on Hollywood's great and good since 1981.

Awards are voted upon by members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation (Graf) which - unlike the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - includes members of the public.

"We go out of our way to make fun of the formality, pomposity and endless back-slapping that goes on at all those other awards shows," said Wilson.

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