Sacha Baron Cohen’s triumph at the Golden Globes with Borat 2

Fourteen years after winning the trophy for best actor for the first adventures of his Kazakh reporter, the king of provocation received the prize for best comedy and that of best actor, as a final snub to Donald Trump.

It was his big comeback to Golden Globes. Sacha Baron Cohen returned to the ceremony with two nominations without having lost a single ounce of his taste for provocation or his concern to constantly denounce the prejudices that have made him successful.

The British comedian received the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy for Borat 2, a few minutes after the film released a year ago on Amazon Prime video received the award for best comedy. Sacha Baron Cohen, who is also the co-screenwriter, directs the continuation of the adventures of the now legendary Kazakh reporter in a mankini.

In addition to her title role in the sequel to Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen was also in the running for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Chicago Seven , the drama ofAaron Sorkin released on Netflix last year.

This recognition from Hollywood rewards a career that exploded in 2006 with Borat and the antics of his actor, who does not hesitate to pose in swimming trunks clinging behind the neck (the mankini) during the Cannes festival. In this vulgar film for some, brilliant for others, Borat, a sexist, anti-Semitic and homophobic Kazakh, meets ordinary Americans there, in a squeaky clash of cultures.

In a magazine interview RollingStone, Sacha Baron Cohen explained that the film actually pokes funpeople who believe that the Kazakhstan I describe exists“. Kazakhstan, which had banned its distribution, furious at the backward image of the country conveyed in the film, finally surfed on this popularity by using the expression “Very nice!of Borat in a tourism promotion campaign.

Visceral anti-Trumpism

In the sequel to the movie, Borat New mission filmed, Sacha Baron Cohen slips back into the skin of the mustachioed reporter who is setting out to conquer America. At a pro-gun rally, he poses as a singer and leads the public into a song urging the former US president to be injected with the ‘Wuhan flu’ barack obama. The actor has to flee when the crowd realizes who was hiding behind the disguise. “We were surrounded by an angry mob with guns“, he revealed to the American radio NPR, swearing not to work undercover anymore. Sacha Baron Cohen said he took over the role of Borat in an attempt to influence the 2020 presidential election against Trump because “we thought that democracy was in real danger“.

The role, and the spooky image that is now associated with it, is a thousand leagues from the social environment in which this dark-haired man with a slender silhouette grew up. Raised in a Jewish family in London by a father who ran clothing stores, educated in private schools and then at the prestigious University of Cambridge, Sacha Baron Cohen joined the theater club Footlights, which launched stars like Hugh Laurie and other members of Monty Python.

It was while performing sketches on the British television channel Paramount Comedy Channel that he got noticed, with his character of Ali G, a budding rapper from a small English town, who had his own show, Da Ali G Show, broadcast from 2000 on Channel 4. The principle of the show was based on false satirical and daring interviews with personalities convinced that they were real interviews. It was for the show that he played the characters of Borat for the first time, and Brüno, a homosexual and exuberant Austrian fashionista. Ali G will be entitled to his film in 2002, before Borat in 2006, then Brüno in 2009.

Da Ali G Show made Baron Cohen a star in the UK. Prince William even revealed that he and his brother Harry taught the Queen Mother to imitate Ali G by snapping her fingers and throwing “Respect“. Episodes aired in the United States on HBO. Among those interviewed, Donald Trump, who last year called Baron Cohen “aimpostor“. Before adding:I don’t find it funny.»

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s triumph at the Golden Globes with Borat 2