Maria Bakalova: ‘Borat 2’ star presented at Oscars by Sacha Baron Cohen


Sacha Baron Cohen won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy thanks to his performance in the 2006 mock documentary “Borat”, but an Oscar nomination did not follow. The Academy recognized “Borat” only in the race for the best adapted scenario. Baron Cohen is hoping that won’t be the case for the high-profile sequel, “Borat Subsequent Movie Film,” and is already on tour with co-star Maria Bakalova for an Oscar nomination.

“She’s an amazing actress,” Baron Cohen said in a recent video interview promoting “Borat 2.” “We interviewed 600 young women from all over the world and she’s hilarious. She is one of the bravest actresses in history. If she’s not nominated for an Oscar, it’s a travesty.

Baron Cohen continued, “She’s hilarious and has the ability to deliver a scene and make you cry. That’s what ultimately landed him the role. When we did the breakup scene in the movie, I had to stop it because I felt so moved. It is one of a kind. Imagine coming to America for the first time and playing a role with real people in terrifying situations. She’s been through it all. It’s a revelation.

Bakalova stars in “Borat 2” as Tutar Sagdiyev, the 15-year-old daughter of the eponymous character of Baron Cohen. The actress turned out to be the escapist feeling of the comedy sequel, especially for a controversial interview she did with Rudy Giuliani that ended with the two of them drinking in a hotel room and became sensitive to each other. Bakalova is a Bulgarian actress who has left many critics in awe of how she maintains herself and at times surpasses Baron Cohen’s signature improv comedy.

In his review of ‘Borat 2’, IndieWire chief critic Eric Kohn called the sequel a ‘welcome showcase for Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova,’ adding, ‘It marks some of the film’s most outrageous moments, to from a grotesque period gag at a debutant to a monologue about masturbation delivered to a terrified reunion of older Republican women. Their shock is our subversive delight: the opportunity to see a restrictive world forced to confront its borders and unable to deal with their existence.

IndieWire awards expert Anne Thompson noted in her Oscars analysis of “Borat 2” that “the Light Supporting Actress category could welcome rising comic book star Bakalova.” Baron Cohen is certainly hoping for an appointment. “Borat 2” is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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