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Golden Raspberry Awards for worst film go to anti-Clinton polemic

Conservative US commentator Dinesh D'Souza swept the Hollywood awards for the year's worst film described as 'too incoherent for serious argument.' Superheroes Batman and Superman did not escape unscathed.

Hollywood is no stranger to politics, but now even the Golden Raspberry Awards - which highlight all of the lowlights of Hollywood's past year -  are getting political.

A documentary criticizing US Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton tied on Saturday with superhero ensemble "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" on a list of the year's worst achievements in film, with each winning four Razzies.

"Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" was nominated for five Razzies for 2016 and won four, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Actress and Worst Director.

Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza produced and directed the political diatribe. He took home Razzies for Worst Actor (as himself) and Worst Director, which he shared with Bruce Schooley.

Rebekah, or "Becky," Turner, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter, won Worst Actress for her portrayal of Hillary Clinton.

The film, however, did manage to make a profit taking in $13 million (12.3 million euros) - topping the $5 million production costs.

The Oscars are coming

The "Washington Post" newspaper called the film "too incoherent for serious argument," while the film magazine "Variety" said it was "barely more grounded in historical reality than 'X-Men: Apocalypse.' "

The Hollywood awards season has been marked by outspoken speeches and protests against the policies and behavior of US President Donald Trump. Sunday's Oscars ceremony marks the season finale.

Batman vs Superman Filmstill (picture-alliance/dpa/C.Enos)

Batman and Superman won Razzies too

"Batman v Superman" took home Razzies for worst screen combo for "Ben Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill" and worst "remake, rip-off or sequel."

Mel Gibson redeemed

Filmstill The Million Dollar Hotel (picture-alliance/dpa/Concorde)

Mel Gibson returns after a decade in the wilderness

The Razzie Redeemer Award went to veteran actor-director Mel Gibson. Gibson has been welcomed back into Hollywood's fold with his war drama "Hacksaw Ridge" a decade after a drunken anti-Semitic rant made him an outcast.

"Hacksaw Ridge" has been nominated for six Oscars, including Gibson for director.

Winners of the year's worst films are given a gold, spray-painted, plastic trophy.

Razzie winners are voted for online by around 1,000 Razzie members from 24 countries, who sign up online and pay a $40 membership fee.

Here's a look back at 2015.

bik/jm (Reuters, dpa, AFP)

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