Basic Instinct 2 had all the wrong moves last year.
The 14-years-in-the-making sequel proved that some things, like Britney Spears' scalp, are better left under wraps, picking up a leading four dishonors, including Worst Picture, Saturday night at the 27th Annual Razzie Awards.
Nine-time nominee Sharon Stone was named Worst Actress for her reprised role as ice (pick) queen Catherine Tramell in the box office clunker ($6 million domestic, per Box Office Mojo), giving her a third gold-spray-painted raspberry sitting atop a distorted super-8 reel to go along with the two she picked up in 1995 for The Specialist with Sylvester Stallone.
The convoluted and decidedly unsexy, albeit graphic, Basic Instinct 2 also scored mentions for Worst Sequel or Prequel and Worst Screenplay from the Golden Raspberry Foundation, a 757-member organization that has been dissing the lamest of the lame since 1980.
Razzies founder and Everything I Know I Learned at the Movies author John Wilson described Basic Instinct 2 as a film that "had no reason to exist."
This year's ceremony was held at Hollywood's Ivar Theater and, for the first time, was streamed live over the Internet on MSNBC via video-cell phone.
Also on the chopping block this weekend were the latest makeup-heavy comedy from the Wayans brothers, Little Man, which racked up three awards, and M. Night Shyamalan's panned fantasy-thriller Lady in the Water, which escaped with two.
Shawn and Marlon Wayons shared prizes for Worst Actor and Worst Screen Couple, with Shawn picking up the latter both for his onscreen romancing of Kerry Washington, who apparently couldn't tell that a little person with the face of Marlon Wayons was not actually a baby, and for his back-and-forth with Marlon, who played the manipulative little guy.
And who knew, the premise for Little Man, facilitated, er, directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans, didn't come from nowhere. It also won a Worst Remake or Rip-Off Razzie due to its take on the 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon "Baby Buggy Bunny," starring Bugs in a baby carriage.
Lady in the Water, the lowest grossing film to date in the Shyamalan canon ($72.8 million worldwide), earned the filmmaker disses for Worst Director and Worst Supporting Actor for his turn as a writer whose work in progress proves pivotal for his apartment complex's resident Narf, or Bryce Dallas Howard.
Meanwhile, the current and former Disney execs who passed on the film, prompting Shyamalan to take his "bedtime story" to Warner Bros., exchanged pats on the back.
In other abominations, double-threat Carmen Electra beat out two-time Razzie winner and Dirty Love scribe Jenny McCarthy in the Worst Supporting Actress category. The former Baywatch babe proved she had that little something extra after showing up in both Date Movie and Scary Movie 4.
And though it faced stiff competition from Garfield 2, The Santa Clause 3 and other undesirables, RV pulled away from the pack to be named Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment.
If you wanted tears, however, you'll have to wait for the Oscars. Although those tuning in to the Webcast were treated to a Dreamgirls-parodying opening number performed by three men in drag, there were no good-natured Halle Berry winning for Catwoman moments this time around.
Perhaps the Basic Instinct 2 brain trust really thought it had something there.
Here's a complete list of winners from the 27th Annual Raspberry Awards:
- Worst Picture: Basic Instinct 2
- Worst Actor: Marlon and Shawn Wayans, Little Man
- Worst Actress: Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct 2
- Worst Supporting Actor: M. Night Shyamalan, Lady in the Water
- Worst Supporting Actress: Carmen Electra, Date Movie and Scary Movie 4
- Worst Screen Couple: Shawn Wayans and either Kerry Washington or Marlon Wayans, Little Man
- Worst Remake or Rip-Off: Little Man
- Worst Prequel or Sequel: Basic Instinct 2
- Worst Director: M. Night Shyamalan
- Worst Screenplay: Basic Instinct 2
- Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment: RV