No Oscars, but Demi hits sour note with raspberries

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Demi Moore, who Twentieth Century Fox tried unsuccessfully to get the director Anthony Minghella to cast in The English Patient, found herself winning two awards in Oscars week - though not ones she will be putting on her mantelpiece.

Miss Moore won two Razzies, or Golden Raspberry Awards, the tongue-in- cheek prizes presented for the year's worst offerings. The film Striptease, in which she starred, won worst picture, worst actress, worst screenplay and worst screen couple for Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds. For good measure it also won worst song, "Pussy, Pussy, Pussy, Whose Kitty-Cat Are You?" For even better measure, Miss Moore tied as worst actress with herself, for her role in The Juror.

The 17th annual Razzies, which are awarded immediately before the Oscars, are organised by the advertising writer John Wilson. This year's big-name raspberries also included Marlon Brando as worst supporting actor for Island Of Dr Moreau and Melanie Griffith for her supporting role in Mulholland Falls. Pamela Anderson Lee was named worst new star for her role in Barb Wire. The worst actor Razzie was a tie between Tom Arnold's performance in Big Bully and Pauly Shore for Bio-Dome.

The worst-written film, which earned more than $100m was the all-action weather adventure film Twister starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, ably supported by a range of special effects.

No stars ever show up to collect their Razzie trophies, which comprise a golfball-size raspberry atop a gold-painted film reel.

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