Sacha Baron Cohen mocked Rudy Giuliani in his Golden Globes victory speech, calling him a 'comedy genius' for putting his hand down his pants on camera

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The actor Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, Isla Fisher. NBC
  • Sacha Baron Cohen called out Rudy Giuliani in his Golden Globes acceptance speech on Sunday.

  • Giuliani was seen with one hand down his pants in Baron Cohen's "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm."

  • Baron Cohen called Giuliani a "comedy genius," adding: "Who could get more laughs out of one unzipping?"

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Sacha Baron Cohen ridiculed Rudy Giuliani as a "comedy genius" on Sunday night during his Golden Globes acceptance speech, highlighting numerous political gaffes as comic masterpieces.

Baron Cohen's "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," in which he pranked the former New York City mayor, won best musical or comedy motion picture at Sunday's awards show, while Baron Cohen won best actor in a motion picture musical or comedy.

In the movie, Giuliani was duped by the actor Maria Bakalova, who played the daughter of the fictional Kazakh journalist Borat and invited the lawyer to her hotel room for an interview.

Soon after the fake interview, Giuliani was filmed lying on his back on a hotel bed near Bakalova and putting one hand down his pants. Giuliani has maintained that he was tucking in his shirt.

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The scene, filmed through a two-way mirror, shows Rudy Giuliani laying on a bed near the "Borat" star Maria Bakalova. Prime Video/YouTube

At the Golden Globes, Baron Cohen wasted no time milking the scene for further laughs. Seeming as if he were crediting Bakalova, he gave a hat tip to his "costar," whom he described as "a fresh new talent who came from nowhere, and turned out to be a comedy genius."

"I'm talking, of course, about Rudy Giuliani," he continued. "I mean, who could get more laughs out of one unzipping? Incredible." (It is not clear from the footage whether Giuliani actually unzipped his pants.)

Baron Cohen went on to praise Giuliani's later "comedy films," such as his press conference at the Four Seasons Total Landscaping parking lot after the 2020 election, the black liquid trickling down his face at a different press conference, and his farting at an election hearing. Baron Cohen called the moments "Hair Dye Another Day" and "A Very Public Fart."

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Turning more serious, Baron Cohen then credited Bakalova's performance as a "revelation, sensation," before thanking other members of the production team.

Baron Cohen also made a cutting jab at the expense of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, describing the group, which awards the Golden Globes, as "all-white" in a throwaway line that added to the numerous uncomfortable moments of the night.

The HFPA, which has 87 members, has been heavily criticized for its lack of racial diversity. According to the former president of the Golden Globes, the board has not had any Black members for nearly two decades.

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Giuliani with a black liquid trickling down his face in November. Drew Angerer/Getty Image

The British actor Rosamund Pike also mentioned Bakalova and Giuliani in her Golden Globes acceptance speech, for best actress in a musical or comedy for her role in "I Care a Lot."

"In my movie, I had to swim up from a sinking car," Pike said. "I think I still would rather do that than be in a room with Rudy Giuliani. So, Maria, I salute your brilliance and your bravery."

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