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 – referencing his failed bid to overturn Joe Biden’s recent 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
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 journalists in the HFPA.
He then went on to thank his ‘co-star,’ 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.
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
Cringe: In the film Rudy was seen leaning back after actress Maria Bakalova took his mic off and seemingly putting his hands down his pants
‘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.
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.
His side of the story: Late last year, a beleaguered Giuliani insisted he was tucking in his shirt in the movie scene and didn’t have his hand down his pants
‘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. She was also seen leaning in to give him a kiss.
‘He’s claiming that a lot of dead people voted, which is a very rude thing to say about the HFPA,’ Sacha quipped.
In January, Cohen revealed the purpose of his Borat sequel was to convince viewers to vote against Trump in the presidential election and the infamous Giuliani honey trap scene that captured him with his hand down his pants makes him ‘happy’.
Cohen released the mockumentary comedy Borat Subsequent Moviefilm in October during the build up to the presidential election and it shows him crashing the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Fictional daughter: Actress Maria Bakalova, who played Borat’s daughter in the movie and who was able to honey trap Giuliani, pictured above
He also filmed a fake interview with Trump’s lawyer Giuliani and rubbing shoulders with QAnon conspiracy theorists at anti-lockdown protests.
The movie tells the story of his character Borat Sagdiyev, a fictional Kazakhstani journalist, venturing to America to offer his daughter Tutar, played by Maria Bakalova, as a bride to Vice President Mike Pence.
‘I don’t want to egotistically imply that people would watch Borat and not vote for Trump, but that was the aim,’ Cohen said in a feature interview with Variety.
In one scandalous scene Borat’s daughter tries to interview Giuliani at a hotel suite for a documentary called Keeping America Alive, but he was clueless it fake, and once there he laid on the bed and put his hand down his pants.
‘I do feel happy that every time his name is mentioned as he tries to undermine the election, people are reminded that this is the guy with his hand down his underpants,’ Cohen said on the scene.
Antics: In the film Borat put on a Trump mask and crashed CPAC carrying his daughter over his shoulder shouting to speaker Vice President Mike Pence, ‘I have the woman for you!’
He claims that scene almost didn’t take place because Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City, refused to take a rapid COVID test, violating the strict safety protocols Baron Cohen and his producers set to shoot the film amid the pandemic.
‘There was this debate of what do we do? Do we go ahead with this scene? What happens if he has coronavirus? We concluded that it was worth the risk,’ the comedian revealed.
Footage of the scene immediately went viral and Giuliani insisted he was tucking his shirt in – but the Borat cast disagree. He believed he was going to be genuinely interviewed and had no idea it was a set-up.
‘The movie is out, and everybody can see it the way they want to see it,’ Bakalova, who had pretended to try to interview him in the scene, said.
‘I felt like he would not do that with a man, and I should be seen as a woman and not as a sexual object,’ she added.
Joker: Cohen later joked that former president Donald Trump was ‘contesting’ his win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. Pictured with wife Isla Fisher
Much of the film sought to expose the shortfalls of Trump’s administration and the then-president’s bigotry.
This year’s Golden Globes ceremony, which usually takes place in early January, were 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
In good company: He was joined on screen by his wife of over 10 years, Isla Fisher, who could hardly contain her laughter
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.
Sealed with a kiss: As they celebrated his big win, a proud Isla leaned in to give the screen star an affectionate kiss on the lips
GOLDEN GLOBES 2021: THE WINNERS
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Nomadland – WINNER
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7
On the road again: Nomadland won the top honor in film Best Motion Picture, Drama
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – WINNER
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
Trailblazing: Chloe Zhao became just the second woman to win for directing in 78 years
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
Big moment: Andra Day was the surprise winner in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama category
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
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
Winner! Sacha Baron Cohen’s politically-charged sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm earned two awards
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
Triumphant: The Crown nearly swept all of the dramatic television categories including Best Television Series, Drama as creator Peter Morgan accepted the award
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
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
Crowning achievement: Emma Corrin beat out her The Crown co-star Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II) in the Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama category
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
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
Legend: Catherine O’Hara earned the win in the Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical for her role in Schitt’s Creek
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
Checkmate: It was also a big night for Anya Taylor-Joy as she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology or TV Movie for The Queen’s Gambit
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
No axe to grind: The second award of the night went to John Boyega in the Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series category for his role in Small Axe “Red, White and Blue”