By Stephen M. Silverman
March 23, 2003 10:00 AM

Britney Spears is at a “Crossroads” for bad acting. But she’s still no Madonna.

The two pop divas tied for worst actress of 2002 at Saturday’s 23rd annual Razzie Awards for their respective performances in “Crossroads” and “Swept Away,” though the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation voters really gave it to Madonna.

The Material Mom and soon-to-be children’s book author — who was not present at the ceremony — also was named worst supporting actress (for “Die Another Day”) and half of the worst screen couple (along with Adriano Gianni in “Swept Away”).

That brings Madonna a career total of nine Razzies. (With 15 nominations over the years, she is the all-time most nominated.)

All told, “Swept Away” “won” five Razzies, including those for worst picture, worst remake and worst director, Guy Ritchie — Madonna’s hubby.

In naming Spears as worst actress, it was noted that “Crossroads” marked “her screen debut, but not her acting debut.” Her “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” from the picture was named worst song.

Other cinematic culprits cited for their achievements were worst actor Roberto Begnini, for “Pinocchio” (which the critic for the Salt Lake City Tribune said was “creepy, in a Michael Jackson sort of way”); worst supporting actor Hayden Christensen, for what the Razzie committee called “Star Wars: Episode … Who Cares?”; and “Jackass: The Movie,” which took the trophy in the new category of most flatulent teen-targeted movie.

With no fanfare, no visible security and no refreshments — except for water — this year’s Razzies were held in a small anteroom of the penthouse of the Four-Points by Sheraton Hotel in Santa Monica.

The small Razzie audience consisted of bad-film buffs and members of the international press. Nearly everyone was dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. The more glam-conscious wore Hawaiian shirts.

As for entertainment, two dancers and a singer set the mood with a song parody from Oscar-favorite “Chicago,” called “All That Razz.” A sample: “Here’s a chance for Britney to get speared/When she does, I’ll be the one who’s cheered.”

And a good time was had by all.

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