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Borat goes for gold

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2006-12-15

Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen

Having already snapped up a bunch of critics awards for the smash hit comedy Borat, funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen is now tipped to take the Golden Globes by storm.

The awards, voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), are seen as a good indicator of who may get Oscar nominations. Baron Cohen has been shortlisted in the Best Actor – Comedy or Musical category for his role as the Kazakhstan TV reporter.

The movie has also been nominated for Best Film – Comedy or Musical.

Baron Cohen said he was “extremely honoured” to have been nominated.

“I’m very proud as well for my fellow writers as well as our director Larry Charles, and our producer Jay Roach, and am very thankful for the HFPA’s belief and acknowledgment of our film,” he said in a statement.

He added, “I have been trying to let Borat know this great news but for the last four hours both of Kazakhstan’s telephones have been engaged. Eventually, Premier Nazarbayev answered and said he would pass on the message as soon as Borat returned from Iran, where he is guest of honour at the Holocaust Denial Conference.”

Baron Cohen isn’t the only Jew with a nomination. Others include Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is nominated for Best Actress – Drama, for her role as an ex convict in Sherrybaby. Meanwhile, British writer Patrick Marber is shortlisted in the Best Screenplay category for his adaptation of the Zoe Heller novel Notes On A Scandal.

The Golden Globes also gives out awards for TV, and among this year’s nominees are Zach Braff, who is nominated for Best Actor in a TV Comedy or Musical for his work in Scrubs, and British actress Sophie Okonedo, who is nominated for Best Actress In a Miniseries, for Tsunami – The Aftermath.

The awards will be handed out at a star-studded ceremony in Hollywood on January 15.