The comedian from “Borat” warns the Oscar voters not to appropriate his star.
Sasha Baron Cohen won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Film – Musical or Comedy, thanks to his performance in the mock-up film “Borat” in 2006, but no Oscar nomination followed. The academy recognized only Borat in the competition for the best adapted script. Baron Cohen hopes that this will not be the case with the very lively sequel “The Movie of Borat’s Next Film” and is already on tour with his breaking star Maria Bakalova for an Oscar nomination.
“She’s an amazing actor,” Baron Cohen said in a recent video interview promoting Borat 2. “We interviewed 600 young women from all over the world and she is happy. She is one of the bravest actors in history. If she’s not nominated for an Oscar, it’s a parody. “
Baron Cohen continued: “She is cheerful and has the ability to stage and make you cry. This finally brought her the role. When we did the parting scene in the movie, I had to stop it because I felt like I was getting pretty emotional. She is one of a kind. Imagine coming to America for the first time and playing a role with real people in some horrifying situations. She went through all this. It is a revelation. “
Bakalova plays in “Borat 2” as Tutar Sagdiev, the 15-year-old daughter of the eponymous hero of Baron Cohen. The actress turned out to be the breakthrough sensation of the comedy sequel, especially for the controversial interview she did with Rudy Giuliani, which ended with drinking in the hotel room and touching each other. Bakalova is a Bulgarian actress who has left many critics impressed by how she does not give in and at times surpasses Baron Cohen’s improvisational comedy.
In his review of Borat 2, IndieWire chief critic Eric Cohn called the sequel a “welcome showcase for Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova,” adding: delivered at a horrific meeting of elderly Republican women. Their shock is our subversive delight: the opportunity to see a restrictive world forced to face its limits and unable to process their existence. “
IndieWire expert Anne Thompson noted in her analysis for the Oscars of “Borat 2” that “the category of light supporting actress can welcome the rising comic star Bakalova.” Baron Cohen certainly hopes for a nomination. “Borat 2” is already airing on Amazon Prime Video.