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Guiliani wins two Razzies for infamous ‘Borat’ bedroom scene

Annual tongue-in-cheek Razzies, or Golden Raspberry Awards, ‘honor’ the worst in film; Trump lawyer wins worst supporting actor

Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump, looks on during an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan, on December 2, 2020 (JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)
Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump, looks on during an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan, on December 2, 2020 (JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)

LOS ANGELES — The votes are in, and there is no point in Rudy Giuliani arguing with the result — Donald Trump’s lawyer was awarded two Razzies Saturday for his “performance” in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”

The annual tongue-in-cheek Razzies, or Golden Raspberry Awards, “honor” the worst in film, and are handed out the day before the Oscars, serving to mock the following night’s self-congratulatory Tinseltown pageantry.

Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, didn’t even know he was appearing in Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” sequel about a fictional Kazakh journalist — he was tricked into a fake hotel room “interview” with Borat’s attractive and flirtatious young daughter, played by Oscar nominee Maria Bakalova.

While Bakalova waits to find out if she has won a top prize from the prestigious Academy, Giuliani was Saturday named worst supporting actor.

Sacha Baron Cohen (left) arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 4, 2018; and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, NJ on Nov. 20, 2016. Giuliani appears in a scene in the new “Borat” film. The scene, which was filmed in a New York hotel room in July, resulted in Giuliani calling police. (AP Photo)

He also shared the worst screen combo accolade with “his pants zipper,” after the infamous “Borat” scene ended with Giuliani apparently reaching into his trousers, oblivious to the hidden cameras.

He later insisted he was tucking in his shirt.

This year’s Razzies were topped by “Music,” a musical that drew controversy and mockery for its depiction of autism.

Singer-turned-director Sia, actress Kate Hudson and supporting actress Maddie Ziegler each won for their categories.

Worst picture went to “Absolute Proof,” a documentary by Mike Lindell, the Trump-supporting CEO of pillow manufacturer My Pillow.

The film, which pushes unfounded claims of fraud in November’s US election, was described by Razzie organizers as a “two-hour, fake news snooze-fest.”

Lindell was also named worst actor at the ignominious awards, which granted a “Special Governor’s Trophy” to the year 2020 itself for “The Worst Calendar Year Ever.”

The Razzies were first awarded in 1981 in a Los Angeles living room, the brainchild of UCLA film graduates and industry veterans, who chose the raspberry as a symbol of derision.

TOI staff contributed to this report.

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