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Blowing Hollywood a 'Razzberry'

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By Norma Meyer

Published Mar 1, 2010 9:11 AM


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Actress Halle Berry is one of few in Hollywood to accept a Razzie in person. Above, Berry accepts her Worst Actress award for Catwoman from UCLA alumnus John Wilson, while holding her Oscar from Monster's Ball as a security blanket.

Hollywood's glitterati don't gush "It's great just to be nominated" about every award. When it comes to the world-famous Razzies, in fact, they probably grumble something unprintable. And come Saturday, the night before the back-slapping Oscars telecast, "Head Razzberry" John Wilson '77 will again pop swollen egos by bestowing Tinseltown's tackiest trophy to the performers and pictures that sucked the hardest last year.

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Razzie founder John Wilson '77.

Of course, most of the "dis-honored" will be MIA at the 30th annual Golden Raspberry Awards on March 6. Although Wilson is hopeful that if self-deprecator Sandra Bullock nabs Worst Actress for All About Steve, she'll be game to collect her $4.97 spray-painted gold fake-raspberries-Crazy-glued-to-a-film-reel statuette. (If Bullock bags both the Razzie and Best Actress Oscar for The Blind Side, it will be unprecedented!)

Wilson, a self-dubbed "cinemaniac and cynic," is a former Daily Bruin film critic who suffered through countless stinkers when he worked at Westwood's Village Theatre while attending UCLA. His take-no-prisoners Razzies is payback for every $11 he and everyone else wasted on a bomb.

"We're talking about people like Michael Bay who spent $170 million to make something that they ought to offer you a free hearing test for when you leave," gripes Wilson. He's referring to the Worst Director unhopeful for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Only a brave few have ever claimed showbiz's least-loved laurel. In accepting her 2004 Worst Actress for Catwoman, a tongue-in-cheek Halle Berry thanked Warner Bros. for "putting me in a god-awful piece of (bleep)" while hoisting the Oscar she earned for "Monster's Ball" three years before. Worst Director Paul Verhoeven sauntered onstage for his 1995 Razzie record-setter "Showgirls." And Tom Green, a multiple Razzie "winner" for the 2001 atrocity Freddy Got Fingered even rolled out his own red carpet.

Once the 670 Razzie voting members (industry types, journalists and anyone who pays $35), cast their secret ballots, Wilson calls A-list publicists to invite the "winners." Usually, he gets the same response: "I'm hung up on."

Funny thing, Wilson's real job is writing on-air movie promos. And the Head Razzberry insists his annual Anti-Oscars — which started with a cardboard podium in his apartment living room and this year takes over the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood — "comes from a place of actually loving movies."

After all, "it does require me to see all this dreck."

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