Sacha Baron Cohen Wins Golden Globe for Best Actor Comedy

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Wawaweewa! Sacha Baron Cohen took house two Golden Globes on Sunday night time, one for greatest actor in a musical or comedy and one other for greatest comedy or musical. He accepted each awards on behalf of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”

His victories, which come 15 years after successful the perfect actor prize for the 2006 mockumentary “Borat,” make Baron Cohen the primary particular person in Golden Globes historical past to win two awards for the identical movie character, Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev.

Throughout his first acceptance speech of the night time, Baron Cohen referred to as out the “all-white” Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, which is the voting physique behind the annual awards present, and thanked Rudy Giuliani, the reluctant star of the “Borat” sequel.

“Thanks to the all-white Hollywood Overseas Press. I’ve gotta say this film couldn’t have been potential with out my co-star, a contemporary, new expertise who got here from nowhere and turned out to be a comedy genius,” Baron Cohen stated. “I’m speaking, in fact, about Rudy Giuliani. I imply, who can get extra laughs out of 1 unzipping? Unimaginable. Our film was only the start for him, Rudy went on to star in a string of comedy movies. Hits like ‘4 Seasons Landscaping,’ ‘Hair Dye One other Day’ and the courtroom drama ‘A Very Public Fart.’”

Baron Cohen additionally thanked the movie’s crew, who he stated “had the danger of getting arrested, the danger of getting COVID.” The film was partially shot in the course of the pandemic, and the virus finally grew to become a focus of the plot.

“They did that as a result of all of us believed so deeply in releasing this film earlier than the election to point out the hazard of lies, hates, conspiracies and the ability of fact, empathy and democracy.”

In his subsequent speech for his greatest actor win, Baron Cohen poked enjoyable at Donald Trump’s refusal to just accept the presidential election outcomes.

“Maintain on, Donald Trump is contesting the consequence,” Baron Cohen stated after his title was referred to as for greatest actor in a comedy. “He’s claiming that a variety of useless folks voted, which is a really impolite factor to say in regards to the HFPA.”

Baron Cohen additionally thanked his bodyguard, who he stated stopped him from “getting shot twice.” “You understand who you might be,” he stated, “and you realize I’m not allowed to say your title.”

Within the class of actor in a musical or comedy, Baron Cohen beat out James Corden (“The Promenade”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”), Dev Patel (“The Private Historical past of David Copperfield”) and Andy Samberg (“Palm Springs”).

Baron Cohen was nominated for three Golden Globe in complete, tying the file set by Jamie Foxx and Helen Mirren for essentially the most nods by a performer in a single yr. Alongside together with his celebrated return within the “Borat” sequel, he was additionally acknowledged for portraying Abbie Hoffman in “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

His “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” co-star Maria Bakalova acquired a nomination for greatest actress in a musical or comedy. Each Baron Cohen and Bakalova’s high-wire performances as Borat and his daughter, Tutar Sagdiyev, required them to remain in character with unsuspecting on a regular basis folks, a daring feat that earned the actors close to unanimous reward amongst critics and audiences.

Giuliani’s stroke of “comedy genius,” as Baron Cohen mocked earlier within the night time, was a reference to the previous New York Metropolis mayor’s notorious and cringe-worthy interview with Bakalova that caps off a wild “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”

Earlier than the film even premiered, Giuliani generated buzz for the “Borat” sequel when he tried to defended himself after getting caught on digital camera in a compromising place. “At no time earlier than, throughout, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate,” Giuliani stated on the time. “If Sacha Baron Cohen implies in any other case, he’s a stone-cold liar.” Baron Cohen later retorted, “He did what he did.”

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