Sacha Baron Cohen’s Golden Globes win sets unexpected historic mark

“Borat Subseqent Moviefilm” star Sacha Baron Cohen made history at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, becoming the first actor to win twice for playing the same character in an original film and its sequel.

Cohen took home the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy award for the “Borat” sequel. He previously won in the same category in 2007 for the first “Borat” film. In addition to Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, Cohen also accepted the Golden Globe award for Best Musical or Comedy, which “Borat Subseqent Moviefilm” won earlier in the ceremony.

While Cohen is not expected to garner an Academy Award nomination for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” he is a top contender in the Best Supporting Actor category at the Oscars. He was nominated in that category as well on Sunday night, but lost to Daniel Kaluuya for “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The other supporting actor nominees were Leslie Odom Jr. for “One Night in Miami,” Chadwick Boseman for “Da 5 Bloods,” and Jared Leto for “The Little Things.”

Going into the ceremony, Cohen was positioned to make Golden Globes history as the first male nominee to win two acting awards on the same night. Previously, only four performers, all women, won two Golden Globes during the same ceremony: Sigourney Weaver (for “Gorillas in the Mist” and “Working Girl” in 1988), Joan Plowright (for “Enchanted April” and the television film “Stalin” in 1993), Helen Mirren (“The Queen” and the television film “Elizabeth I” in 2007), and Kate Winslet (for “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader” in 2008).

Cohen has received five Golden Globe Award nominations in his career, including for “The Spy” and “Who Is America?”

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