Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Norbit Sweeps Four Categories, Eddie Murphy Wins Worst Actor and Actress, and Dane Cook Named Most Overexposed and Cinematic Tragedy of 2007

(Beverly Hills, January 22, 2008) Although it was released almost a year ago, voters in the United Critics Organization (UCO) did not forget Norbit, which was named the worst film of 2007 in the GAG Awards. Sponsored by 7M Pictures and Film School Rejects, these annual award recognized cinematic catastrophes and just plain awful films.

Norbit swept the top four categories, also winning Worst Director for Brian Robbins. Eddie Murphy made GAG Awards history for being the first person to not only be nominated as Worst Actor and Worst Actress, but also to win both awards.

Men in fat suits and dresses were a popular choice for voters this year as John Travolta won Worst Supporting Actor for his role in the otherwise delightful Hairspray. On the Supporting Actress front, director Rob Zombie’s main squeeze Sheri Moon Zombie won the honors for her role in Halloween.

The Worst Screenplay category had a photo finish between Todd Komarnicki’s script for the thriller Perfect Stranger and Bill Kelly’s time-bending story for Premonition. After a tie-breaking analysis, Perfect Stranger came out slightly ahead.

Another nail-biter finale was between Things We Lost in the Fire and Lions for Lambs as Worst Oscar Bait (a new category this year). The Halle Berry drama edged out Robert Redford’s war-time snoozer by a slim margin.

While comedian-turned-actor Dane Cook narrowly escaped Worst Actor and Worst Supporting Actor awards, he was named the Most Overexposed Celebrity (the special Godiva Award) as well as the Cinematic Tragedy of the Year.

“This year, Mr. Cook was nominated for four awards, and he is only an actor right now,” said Kevin Carr, lead film critic for 7M Pictures and president of the UCO. “Imagine how daunting he will be in the GAG Awards if he decides to direct.”

Other movies honored for the lowest form of filmmaking include Shrek the Third for Worst Animated Film and Worst Blockbuster, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer for Worst Special Effects and Worst Sequel, and Michael Moore’s SiCKO for Worst Documentary.

“Anyone can make a bad movie,” said Carr. “However, it takes a special talent to make a film so bad that it leaves a lasting impression for months to come. All of the nominees should be honored for this recognition.”

In addition to Dane Cook’s honor as the Cinematic Tragedy of 2007, other nominees include Seth Rogan having sex with Katherine Heigl and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s bare ass in the opening scene of Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

A complete list of awards follows, including the winners and other nominees:

Norbit – WINNER!

Because I Said So
Good Luck Chuck
Balls of Fury
Codename: The Cleaner

Brian Robbins, Norbit – WINNER!

Mark Helfrich, Good Luck Chuck
Rob Zombie, Halloween
Michael Lehmann, Because I Said So
Les Mayfield, Codename: The Cleaner

Eddie Murphy, Norbit – WINNER!
Jamie Kennedy, Kickin’ It Old Skool
Nicolas Cage, Ghost Rider
Dane Cook, Good Luck Chuck
Nicolas Cage, Next

Eddie Murphy, Norbit – WINNER!

Diane Keaton, Because I Said So
Halle Berry, Perfect Stranger
Jodie Foster, The Brave One
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age

John Travolta, Hairspray – WINNER!

Robin Williams, August Rush
George Lopez, Balls of Fury
Dane Cook, Mr. Brooks
Dan Fogler, Good Luck Chuck

Sheri Moon Zombie, Halloween – WINNER!

Nicolette Sheridan, Codename: The Cleaner
Jessica Alba, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Malin Akerman, The Brothers Solomon
Mandy Moore, Because I Said So

Todd Komarnicki, Perfect Stranger – WINNER!

Bill Kelly, Premonition
Rob Zombie, Halloween
Josh Stolberg, Good Luck Chuck
Scott Wiper and Rob Hedden, The Condemned


The 11th Hour
No End in Sight

Shrek the Third – WINNER!

Happily N’Ever After
Bee Movie
Meet the Robinsons

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – WINNER!

I Am Legend
Spider-Man 3
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
D-War: Dragon Wars

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – WINNER!

Shrek the Third
Resident Evil: Extinction
Spider-Man 3
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Shrek the Third – WINNER!

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Wild Hogs
Spider-Man 3

Dane Cook – WINNER!

Lindsay Lohan
Jessica Biel
Terrence Howard
Nicole Kidman

Dane Cook’s continued existence – WINNER!

Seth Rogan having sex with Katherine Heigl
Phillip Seymour Hoffman's bare ass in the opening scene of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Men in fat suits
The backyard scene in Transformers – My bad!
Peter Parker goes emo

About the GAG Awards
The annual GAG Awards are nominated and voted on by the United Critics Organization (UCO), which comprises professional journalists and film critics. “GAG” stands for “God Awful Guild,” which honors a new guild, or group, of films and filmmakers for outstanding cinematic disasters each year.

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