Sacha Baron Cohen’s politically-charged sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm earned two awards on Sunday night during the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
And the comedian, 49, came out swinging as he sarcastically thanked the ‘all-white’ Hollywood Foreign Press Association during his initial acceptance speech, before ripping into his nemesis – and unsuspecting costar – Rudy Giuliani.
Later on in the show, Cohen joked that former president Donald Trump was ‘contesting’ his ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical’ win.
Winner! Sacha Baron Cohen’s politically-charged sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm earned two awards on Sunday night during the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Taking digs: And the comedian, 49, came out swinging as he sarcastically thanked the ‘all-white’ Hollywood Foreign Press Association during his initial acceptance speech, before ripping into his nemesis – and unsuspecting costar – Rudy Giuliani
Besides his Best Actor in a Comedy nod, Cohen’s highly anticipated Borat sequel also walked away with the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical.
‘Thank you to the all-white Hollywood Foreign Press,’ began the English comedian, who was referencing to the recent uproar around the absence of black journalist in the HFPA.
He then went on to thank his ‘costar,’ with audiences at home automatically assuming he was referring to actress Maria Bakalova, who played Borat’s 15-year-old daughter in the film.
But in actuality, Cohen was jokingly gushing over his ‘costar’ Rudy Giuliani, who he admitted ‘this film could not have been possible’ without.
‘Who could get more laughs out of one unzipping? Incredible,’ he continued, referencing to Giuliani’s infamous hand-in-pants moment during a hotel scene with Maria.
Contest? Later on in the show, Cohen joked that former president Donald Trump was ‘contesting’ his ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical’ win
Rudy has since insisted that he performed the action in order to adjust his microphone and that it was void of inappropriate intent.
Sacha continued: ‘Our movie was just the beginning for him. Rudy went on to star in a string of comedy films, including Four Seasons Landscaping, Hair Dye Another Day and the courtroom drama A Very Public Fart.’
After ruthlessly laying into Giuliani, Sacha put his jokes to rest and went on to thank those who made the Borat sequel possible.
When returning to the screen to accept his Best Actor honor, Sacha made sure his political bases were covered, as he openly mocked Donald Trump’s outrage over the recent presidential election.
Guess who’s back? Besides his Best Actor in a Comedy nod, Cohen’s highly anticipated Borat sequel also walked away with the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical
‘Hold on, Donald Trump is contesting the result,’ began Cohen as he pretended to hold a phone to his ear.
He was joined on screen by his wife of over 10 years, Isla Fisher, who could hardly contain her laughter.
‘He’s claiming that a lot of dead people voted, which is a very rude thing to say about the HFPA,’ Sacha quipped.
This year’s Golden Globes ceremony, which usually takes place in early January, was pushed back to February 28 as Hollywood continues to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic and new safety guidelines.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey return to host for the fourth time. The comedy duo did the honors in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Thankful: ‘Thank you to the all-white Hollywood Foreign Press,’ began the English comedian, who was referencing to the recent uproar around the absence of black journalist in the HFPA
In good company: He was joined on screen by his wife of over 10 years, Isla Fisher, who could hardly contain her laughter
It is the first ever awards show to be broadcast from two separate coasts.
Fey, 50, is broadcasting from atop New York City’s Rockefeller Center in the Rainbow Room and Poehler, 49, in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the ceremony is usually held annually.
Nominees will be tuning into the ceremony remotely but presenters have been asked to appear in person.
The impressive list of presenters this year includes; Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Annie Mumolo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Wiig and Renee Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, Sterling K. Brown, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Margot Robbie, Tiffany Haddish, Anthony Anderson, Kate Hudson and Kenan Thompson.
Satchel and Jackson Lee, children of three-time Golden Globe nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and producer/philanthropist Tonya Lewis Lee, are serving as the 2021 Golden Globe Ambassadors.
Jane Fonda, 83, is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an accolade for film. The acting icon has previously won Golden Globes for her roles in Klute, Julia and Coming Home.
Norman Lear will be honored with the Carol Burnett Award, a counterpart to the DeMille Award that focuses on life achievement in television. The writer, director and producer is a six-time Golden Globe winner.
Nominations were announced on February 3 with streaming giant Netflix receiving 42 nominations across film and television.
David Fincher’s Mank lead with six nominations across film, while The Crown also topped the TV categories with the same number of nominations.
Netflix smash-hit Emily in Paris found itself as one of the more controversially nominated shows, landing a nomination for best TV series, musical or comedy. The show’s star, Lily Collins, also got a nod for best actress.
Much of the uproar surrounding the nomination stems from the snubbing of Michaela Coel, whose HBO drama I May Destroy You failed to land any nominations.
Deborah Copaken, one of the writers of Emily in Paris, even spoke out to criticize the Hollywood Foreign Press for shunning Coel.
Copaken tweeted that it was ‘just wrong’, and later expanded on her thoughts in an op-ed for the Guardian.
‘Am I excited that Emily in Paris was nominated? Yes. Of course. I’ve never been remotely close to seeing a Golden Globe statue up close, let alone being nominated for one,’ she wrote.
‘But that excitement is now unfortunately tempered by my rage over Coel’s snub. That I May Destroy You did not get one Golden Globe nod is not only wrong, it’s what is wrong with everything.
‘We need art that reflects all of our colors, not just some. But we also need to give awards to shows (and music and films and plays and musicals) that deserve them, no matter the color of the skin of their creators,’ she went on to write.
Last year’s 77th Golden Globes, hosted by Ricky Gervais, averaged 19.2 million viewers, making it one of the most-watched network telecasts of 2020.
GOLDEN GLOBES 2021: THE WINNERS
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Nomadland – WINNER
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – WINNER
Sweeping the board: Mank is the most nominated film with six nods
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
David Fincher – Mank
Regina King – One Night in Miami
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland – WINNER
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Jack Fincher – Mank
Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller – The Father
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7 – WINNER
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Best Foreign Language Picture
The Life Ahead
Minari – WINNER
Two of Us
Best Animated Picture
The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon
Soul – WINNER
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday – WINNER
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Gary Oldman – Mank
Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian
Captivating: Vanessa Kirby is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Pieces of a Woman
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson – Music
Michelle Pfeiffer – French Exit
Rosamund Pike – I Care a Lot – WINNER
Anya Taylor-Joy – Emma
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – WINNER
James Corden – The Prom
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton
Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield
Andy Samberg – Palm Springs
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Glenn Close – Hilbilly Elegy
Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian – WINNER
Olivia Colman – The Father
Amanda Seyfried – Mank
Helena Zengel – News of the World
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER
Jared Leto – The Little Things
Bill Murray – On the Rocks
Leslie Odom Jr – One Night in Miami
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
The Midnight Sky
News of the World
Soul – WINNER
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
Judas and the Black Messiah
The Life Ahead – WINNER
One Night in Miami
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The United States vs Billie Holiday
Best Television Series, Drama
The Crown – WINNER
One to watch: Lovecraft Country is up for Best Television Series, Drama
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
Schitt’s Creek – WINNER
Best Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie
The Queen’s Gambit – WINNER
Racy: Normal People is up for Best Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Olivia Colman – The Crown
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve
Emma Corrin – The Crown – WINNER
Laura Linney – Ozark
Sarah Paulson – Ratched
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Josh O’Connor – The Crown – WINNER
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Al Pacino – Hunters
Matthew Rhys– Perry Mason
Spooky: Sarah Paulson is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama for Ratched
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Lily Collins – Emily in Paris
Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning – The Great
Jane Levy – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek – WINNER
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series, Comedy or Musical
Don Cheadle – Black Monday
Nicholas Hoult – The Great
Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso – WINNER
Ramy Youssef – Ramy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie
Cate Blanchett – Mrs America
Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People
Shira Haas – Unorthodox
Nicole Kidman – The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen’s Gambit – WINNER
Royally good: Elle Fanning is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical for The Great
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie
Bryan Cranston – Your Honour
Jeff Daniels – The Comey Rule
Hugh Grant – The Undoing
Ethan Hawke – The Good Lord Bird
Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much Is True – WINNER
Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series
Gillian Anderson – The Crown – WINNER
Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown
Julia Garner – Ozark
Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek
Cynthia Nixon – Ratched
Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series
John Boyega – Small Axe, “Red, White and Blue” – WINNER
Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Brendan Gleeson – The Comey Rule
Jim Parsons – Hollywood
Donald Sutherland – The Undoing
One to watch: Donald Sutherland is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for The Undoing