When Sandra Bullock accepted the Razzie as worst actress of the year for "All About Steve," she left the ceremony with the wrong award.
Instead of a regular statuette, she took the original — the trophy upon which all other Razzies have been designed for 30 years.
"It was my fault,"admits Razzie chief John Wilson. "I handed her the wrong one by mistake."
Wilson would like the original back, but he hoped to accomplish the switch quietly, without a fuss. Normally, at most award shows, winners return the generic statuettes they accept at the podium so they can receive a real one, engraved with their name, later. The Monday after Bullock won the Razzie, Wilson emailed her PR rep to ask Bullock to ship the Razzie statuette back. He didn't specify that she had the historic first Razzie by mistake, just that he'd like it returned so he could send her a new one, properly engraved. But the e-mail apparently got lost in the deluge of other e-mails storming the rep one day after the Oscars, first congratulating Bullock on her Academy Award victory, then inquiring about the news of her marital troubles that broke immediately afterward.
When Wilson didn't hear back from the rep, he decided to wait and deal with the issue later. "We thought we might address this in six months or so, after things calm down," he says.
But then a British tabloid, the Daily Telegraph of London, broke the news that Bullock had the wrong Razzie — "worth thousands as a rare collectors' item" — in an article full of quotes that Wilson claims he didn't say — and facts that he disputes. The article's contents got picked up by other media across the Web.
What happens now? Wilson tells Gold Derby that he plans to send the correct, engraved award to the rep and request that the original be returned — at Bullock's convenience. No rush.
What's ironic about this snafu is that Bullock said, while accepting the wrong Razzie, that she might return it later. She meant next year, at the next award ceremony. She accused voters of choosing her simply because she had announced ahead of time that she'd attend the Razzies if she won. She accused voters of not actually seeing "All About Steve." She brought along DVD copies for everyone in the audience, asked them to view it and reconsider the award outcome. If voters agree that they made a mistake, Bullock said, "I'll show up next year and we can go out for a drink afterward."
As hubbub about Bullock's Razzie victory grows, Wilson says, "I guess drinks may be off at this point."
Photos: Sandra Bullock in "All About Steve." Photo credit: 20th Century Fox / Razzies