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MTV Movie & TV Awards: Sacha Baron Cohen to Receive Comedic Genius Honor (Exclusive)

The Hollywood Reporter logo The Hollywood Reporter 5/6/2021 Hilary Lewis

Sacha Baron Cohen has said that the “comedy genius” in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is Rudy Giuliani, who made headlines for his seemingly inappropriate behavior during one scene of the film, but MTV knows who the sequel’s real comedy star is.

Baron Cohen is set to receive the Comedic Genius Award at the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards, The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively reveal.

The three-time Oscar nominee, who’s up for three MTV Movie & TV Awards this year for his work on Borat 2 and The Trial of the Chicago 7, is only the fourth recipient of the honor, given to an actor who has made incomporable contributions to the world of comedy, providing a major influence and transforming the genre. Past recipients are Will Ferrell (2013), Kevin Hart (2015) and Melissa McCarthy (2016).


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Baron Cohen, known for his many characters including Ali G and Brüno Gehard, won the Golden Globe for best motion picture, musical or comedy, and Writers Guild Award for best adapted screenplay for his work on Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and was part of the SAG Awards’ best cast prize for his dramatic role in The Trial of the Chicago 7.

WandaVision and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm were among the projects scoring the most nominations for the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

MTV is planning a two-night event for the 2021 revival of its awards franchise. The main show, hosted by Leslie Jones, is set to air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, May 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the inaugural installment of Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted, hosted by Nikki Glaser, celebrating reality TV, on Monday, May 17.

Both specials will be executive produced by MTV’s Bruce Gillmer, Wendy Plaut and Vanessa Whitewolf and Den of Thieves’ Jesse Ignjatovic and Barb Bialkowski.

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