You’re hard pressed to find a whole lot of comedies and those who make them up for an Academy Award within the last 30 years. Sure, there have been exceptions (Bridesmaids, Tropic Thunder, The Big Sick all received nominations with no wins over the past 12 years). By and large however, there’s an overall lack of funny films at the award ceremony. But this year, another comedic performance managed to sneak through.
This year, there’s been much buzz surrounding 24 year-old Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova for her outstanding performance in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. And just as expected, Bakalova received the nomination. According to Variety, she was actually in the middle of filming a Judd Apatow movie in London when Apatow interrupted the take to announce the news. And while Sacha Baron Cohen himself didn’t snag a nomination for playing Borat, he did get a Best Support Actor nod this year for his work on Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of The Chicago Seven.
And this doesn’t mark the first Academy Award nomination for Borat, either. The original film, released back in 2006, garnered a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, but lost to The Departed.
As far as great breakout roles go, this is right up there among them. It just so happens to all be within a Borat film.