Sacha Baron Cohen Thanks ‘All-White’ HFPA & Rudy Giuliani In Golden Globes Acceptance Speech
Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical at the 2021 Golden Globes. It beat out the other category nominees – Hamilton, Music, Palm Springs and The Prom.
The Borat sequel took home two of the three awards it was nominated for, Baron Cohen won for Best Actor In a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Newcomer Maria Bakalova lost the female category to I Care A Lot’s Rosamund Pike.
During his acceptance speech, Baron Cohen thanked the “all-white” Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization in charge of nominations and voting, after a recent Los Angeles Times article exposed that the group had no black members. A topic that was discussed multiple times throughout the night.
Baron Cohen also referenced to Bakalova without naming her, he said that the film wouldn’t have been possible without the “fresh new talent” who came out of “nowhere.” The actor jokily named Rudy Giuliani as the individual. The high-powered attorney famously appeared in a scene opposite Bakalova where he was shown adjusting his pants on a bed after her character conducted an on-camera interview with former New City City mayor.
“Who couldn’t get more laughs out of one unzipping? Just incredible,” said Baron Cohen while virtually accepting the award. “Our movie was just the beginning for him. Rudy went on to star in a string of comedy films, hits like Four Seasons Landscaping, Hair Dye Another Day and the courtroom drama, A Very Public Fart.”
Baron Cohen noted that the movie was filmed during quarantine and that he wanted to release it before the 2020 presidential election to highlight the “danger of lies, hate, conspiracies” and the “power of truth, empathy and democracy.”
While in a virtual press room after his win, the actor added, “I made Borat because of the election. I made this movie because of Donald Trump because I felt democracy was really in danger. I felt that the underbelly that I’d exposed in Borat 1 had become overt.”