Golden Globes 2021: Sacha Baron Cohen Mentions Trump in Best Comedy Actor Speech


Sacha Baron Cohen
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Sacha Baron Cohen won the best actor in comedy award at Sunday’s Golden Globes.

Upon accepting the trophy, he called out the former president. “Donald Trump is contesting the result,” joked the actor, who won for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. “He’s claiming that a lot of dead people voted, which is a very rude thing to say about the HFPA.”

This marked Cohen’s second acting nomination of the night and followed his acceptance speech for best motion picture in a musical or comedy, where the Borat sequel beat out fellow nominees Hamilton, Music, Palm Springs and The Prom. He thanked the Borat 2 team, including the field team “who literally risked their lives “and his bodyguard “who stopped me from getting shot, twice.”

In his Best Picture speech, Cohen, who was joined by wife Isla Fisher for his virtual address, had thanked the “all-white” Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the voting body behind the awards show, and Rudy Giuliani, who makes a memorable appearance in his film: “Who could get more laughs out of one unzipping? Just incredible. 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.”

He also thanked his team for putting their safety on the line amid the pandemic in order to get the politically charged film out ahead of the 2020 presidential election, to highlight the “danger of lies, hate, conspiracies” and the “power of truth, empathy and democracy.”

Cohen beat out fellow nominees James Corden (The Prom), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Dev Patel (The Personal History of David Copperfield) and Andy Samberg (Palm Springs) in the best actor category.


Golden Globes: Sacha Baron Cohen Thanks “All-White” HFPA, Rudy Giuliani as ‘Borat 2’ Wins