Dinesh D’Souza is taking great pride in receiving five Razzie award nominations for his anti-Hillary Clinton documentary Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.
The co-director and star of Hillary’s America is up against major studio films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zoolander 2 for worst movie of the year honors in the 37th Golden Raspberry Awards, celebrating the worst in film.
“I think the normal expected reaction would be one of dismay and embarrassment at being nominated as the worst film,” an amused D’Souza told USA TODAY. “But for me, I’m actually quite honored.”
D’Souza says the nominations have eveything to do with hurt feelings over the November presidential election, when Clinton lost to Republican Donald Trump.
“It’s petty revenge, it’s a small-minded way for kicking us in the shins after the fact,” said D’Souza. “People are still furious about Nov. 8. Part of this vote is a refracted fury at Trump and not even about the film directly.”
D’Souza was also nominated as worst actor for portraying himself (along with Dirty Grandpa‘s Robert de Niro and Batman Ben Affleck). D’Souza and Bruce Schooley were nominated for worst directors and worst screenplay. Becky Turner (who plays Clinton and doesn’t speak a word in the movie) was nominated for worst actress.
D’Souza says he “chuckled” when he was forwarded the email featuring the Razzie nominations and admitted he had never heard of the awards program. His low-budget documentary cracked the top 10 movies after its July release and made $13 million in theaters. Trump urged supporters to see the film on Twitter.
“We’re not nominated because our film bombed at the box office,” said D’Souza. “The reason we are nominated is because the film might have played an important role in the election.”
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SOURCE: USA Today