Who wants to bet that John Travolta doesn't accept his award?
It's rare that film critics and moviegoers even agree about a film much less with the staggering amount of contempt showered on the pricey sci-fi turkey "Battlefield Earth," which was a labor of love for Travolta, its producer and star.
However, that last fact didn't stop the movie from being the big loser at the 23rd annual Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, which were announced this week (just in time for the Academy Awards ceremonies).
"Battlefield Earth" won "dishonors" in eight of the nine categories in which it was nominated: Worst Film, Worst Director (Roger Christian), Worst Actor (Travolta, also for his work in "Lucky Numbers"), Worst On-screen Hairstyle (Travolta and Forest Whitaker), Worst On-screen Couple (Travolta and anyone in the entire galaxy!), Most Unintentionally Funny Film, Worst On-screen Group (the film's Psychlos and Man-Animals) and Least "Special" Special Effects.
"It was a staggering victory," said Mike Lancaster, co-founder of the Hastings Bad Cinema Society, noting the unprecedented amount of Stinkers success enjoyed by the film.
(The Hasting society is a group of movie buffs dedicated to honoring Hollywood's major studio fiascoes, who present their rather uncoveted awards each year.)
But the insult-to-injury "dishonors" didn't stop there. "Battlefield Earth" was also awarded the top spot on "100 Years, 100 Stinkers," the society's parody of the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" poll.
"We knew it was the film to beat for the worst of 2000 but didn't think it would make the top 10 for worst film of
all time," Lancaster said.
However, what he believes sealed the film's fate was its release on home video during the final 10-week final voting period for the list.
"It was almost like Warner Bros. was daring people to vote for their film," he said. "You know, 'You've heard it was the worst film ever, now we're gonna prove it to you.' "
That decision may have helped the film beat out such recognized duds as "Waterworld," "Showgirls," "Howard the Duck" and "Plan 9 From Outer Space" for the spot on the list as Worst Film of All Time.
The full list of Stinkers winners, as well as a history of the awards, is available on the society's Web site www.thestinkers.com).
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