Jenny McCarthy may have been singled out as this year's top Razzie recipient, but Tom Cruise's couch-jumping antics did not go unrewarded.
As the star, writer and producer of 2005's little-seen, but universally panned "comedy" Dirty Love, the onetime Playboy Playmate earned a trio of dishonors at Saturday's awards ceremony--namely Worst Actress, Worst Screenplay and Worst Picture.
In introducing the film, Golden Raspberry Award Foundation "Head Berry" John Wilson described it as "the bastard child that might have resulted had John [Bolero] Derek and Tom [Freddy Got Fingered] Green spent the winter together tending sheep on Brokeback Mountain." (Translation: this is what happens when you allow the former host of an MTV dating show to write, produce and star in her own movie.)
Unsurprisingly, McCarthy did not put in an appearance at the 26th Annual Razzie Awards to claim her trophies. Also absent was her soon-to-be ex-husband, John Asher, who was named Worst Director for helming his wife's box office disaster, which took in only $58,116 during the limited time it remained in theaters.
On a more positive note, Dirty Love failed to sweep the six categories in which it was nominated. Worst Supporting Actress nominee Carmen Electra lost out to House of Wax star Paris Hilton, and McCarthy, nominated for Worst Onscreen Couple, along with Anyone Dumb Enough to Befriend or Date Her, lost to Bewitched duo Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.
Perhaps the closest race of the night came down to the newly created Razzie Award for Most Tiresome Tabloid Target, a category in which Tom Cruise: The Anti-Psychiatry Rant was matched up against Tom Cruise: Katie Holmes, Oprah's Couch, the Eiffel Tower and Tom's Baby.
In the end, Cruise's "jump the couch" antics won out over his distaste for mind-altering pseudosciences, though it was undoubtedly a tough decision for the voting parties.
Rob Schneider, a contender for five awards on the strength of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo, took the Worst Actor prize, but was shut out in all other categories. (We're guessing Schneider is busy drafting a blistering written response to the Razzie Foundation right about now.)
The force was not with Hayden Christensen, who earned Worst Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III--The Revenge of the Sith, an award he previously earned in 2003 for his work as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II--The Attack of the Clones.
Son of the Mask, which went into the Razzies with a leading eight nominations, scored the biggest upset of the night, earning only the award for Worst Sequel or Remake.
The best of the worst were determined by a voting panel of about 750 film critics, industry professions and movie fans in 41 states and 15 countries.
While last year's Worst Actress winner Halle Berry famously showed up at the Razzies to accept her award in person, this year's dishonorees unanimously boycotted the event.
Here's a complete rundown of the "winners" of the 2006 Razzie Awards:
Worst Picture: Dirty Love
Worst Actress: Jenny McCarthy, Dirty Love
Worst Actor: Rob Schneider, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo
Worst Supporting Actress: Paris Hilton, House of Wax
Worst Supporting Actor: Hayden Christensen, Star Wars: Episode III--Revenge of the Sith
Worst Onscreen Couple: Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, Bewitched
Worst Director: John Asher, Dirty Love
Worst Screenplay: Dirty Love
Worst Sequel or Remake: Son of the Mask
Most Tiresome Tabloid Target: Tom Cruise: Katie Holmes, Oprah's Couch, the Eiffel Tower and Tom's Baby