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Advice for actors looking to get nominated for worst performance: multiple roles help.


Advice for actors looking to get nominated for worst performance: multiple roles help.

Lindsay Lohan and Eddie Murphy scored multiple nominations yesterday for the Razzies, which sort out the worst that Hollywood dredged up the previous year.

Lohan’s thriller, I Know Who Killed Me, in which she plays two characters who may or may not be the same person, received a leading nine Razzie nominations, among them worst picture of 2007. Murphy’s Norbit, released amid a film-honours season that earned Murphy an Academy Awards nomination for Dreamgirls last year, received eight Razzie nominations, five of them for Murphy alone, more than anyone has ever gotten in a single year.

Besides worst picture, Norbit had nominations for Murphy as worst actor in the title role, supporting actress as Norbit’s beefy wife, supporting actor as an Asian man and worst screen couple for Norbit opposite either of Murphy’s other characters. Murphy also shared a screenplay nomination for co-writing Norbit.

“We decided that each of his characters was so offensive that he deserved individual nominations,” said Razzies founder John Wilson.

According to Wilson, Murphy’s closest competition for worst screen couple is Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me, in which she plays a small-town girl abducted by a psychopath and an alter-ego, a stripper who’s missing body parts.

For worst actress, Lohan polled more heavily than any actor since Sofia Coppola in The Godfather Part III, Wilson said. “I Know Who Killed Me is the most fabulously brainless movie since Showgirls,” Wilson said.

The other worst-picture nominees were Bratz, a live-action take on the cartoon about four chic young girls; Daddy Day Camp, with Cuba Gooding Jr. starring in a sequel to Murphy’s Daddy Day Care; and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Adam Sandler and Kevin James’ comedy about firefighters posing as a gay couple.

Sandler and Gooding joined Murphy in the worst-actor category, along with Nicolas Cage for Ghost Rider and Jim Carrey for The Number 23.

 
 
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