Date: 27th January 2004

J-Lo and Ben nominated as worst on screen lovers

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have been nominated for having the worst on-screen love affair.

Affleck and Lopez's film Gigli (2003) has received nine nominations for the Razzies, an annual spoof of the Oscars. Among them are worst picture and worst screen couple.

Mike Myers' storybook adaptation of Dr Seuss' Cat in the Hat, The (2003) and From Justin to Kelly (2003), featuring American Idol stars Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, have each received eight nominations.

The other worst-picture nominees announced in Hollywood are the crime romp Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and the reality-TV adaptation The Real Cancun.

Nominations for the 24th annual Razzies, organised by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, were announced a day before the Oscar nominations. Razzie "winners" will be announced on February 28, a day before the Oscar ceremony.

Gigli also was in the running for worst actor and actress, supporting actor (Al Pacino and Christopher Walken), supporting actress (Lainie Kazan), and worst director and screenplay (Martin Brest).

Affleck's worst-actor nomination also cited his performances in Daredevil (2003) and Paycheck (2003), while Walken's nomination also was for his role in Kangaroo Jack (2003).

Myers and Guarini joined Affleck in the worst-actor lineup, along with Cuba Gooding Jr (Boat Trip, The Fighting Temptations and Radio) and Ashton Kutcher (Cheaper by the Dozen, Just Married and My Boss's Daughter).

Besides Lopez, the worst-actress category included Clarkson, Angelina Jolie (Beyond Borders (2003) and Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life: Tomb Raider 2 (2003)) and Charlie's Angels co-stars Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. Barrymore's nomination also cited her role in Duplex.

The 55 million hit Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) brought another nomination for all-time Razzie champ Sylvester Stallone, who was cited for worst supporting actor. Stallone has a record 30 Razzie nominations and nine wins, including worst actor of the 20th century.

Source: Press Release



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