Date: 16th January 2007

Borat triumphs at Golden Globes

Sacha Baron Cohen made a risque acceptance speech after leading a night of British success at the Golden Globes.

He was named Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his movie Borat.

Helen Mirren beat strong competition including Judi Dench to win Best Actress in a Drama for her role in The Queen.

The Queen also won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay.

But it was the Borat star who wowed the audience with a close-to-the-knuckle acceptance speech.

Referring to a naked wrestling scene in the film, he told them: "I saw some dark parts of America, an ugly side of America, a side of America that rarely sees the light of day. I refer, of course, to the anus and testicles of my co-star, Ken Davitian."

Addressing Davitian in the audience, he continued: "When I was in that scene, and I stared down and saw your two wrinkled Golden Globes on my chin, I thought to myself, I'd better win a bloody award for this."

"And then when my 300-pound co-star decided to sit on my face and squeeze the oxygen from my lungs, I was faced with a choice. Death, or to breathe in the air that had been trapped in a small pocket between his buttocks for 30 years. Kenneth, if it was not for that rancid bubble, I would not be here today."

Babel was crowned Best Film in the Drama category while Dreamgirls picked up three awards - for Best Musical or Comedy Film and for Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress) and Eddie Murphy (Best Supporting Actor).

Forest Whitaker won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a film drama for his performance as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland and Cars was named Best Animated Feature Film.

Martin Scorsese picked up the Best Director award for The Departed and Meryl Streep collected the prize for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The evil Wears Prada.

Tthe Best Foreign Language Film surprisingly went to Letters from Iwo Jima ahead of more high-profile nominees including Volver, Pan's Labyrinth and Apocalypto.

The Golden Globes are seen as highly influential in determining the winners at the Oscars, which will be held on February 25.

Source: Press Release



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