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The follow-up to the 2006 hit dropped on Amazon Prime on Friday (23 October), bringing with it Baron Cohen's inimitable brand of laughs, gasps and cringes. One key difference though is the introduction of Borat's 15-year-old daughter Tutar Sagdiyeva.
When making the first Borat film, Baron Cohen had the advantage of scarcely any of his subjects having a clue who he was. But of course, the popularity of the film launched the character to international fame, which is where Tutar comes in.
In Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (to use its full title) she is as instrumental as Baron Cohen, demonstrating wit, courage and improvisational skill that the man himself would be proud of.
Her performance is so impressive that many viewers think she should win an Oscar for it:
The Borat sequel was awesome. Maria Bakalova was one heck of a scene stealer and she deserves an Oscar. :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
- Kavin In The Woods :knife::skull:⚰️:ghost::jack_o_lantern: (@kavin_b) October 24, 2020
The ONLY candidate for female lead for an Oscar 2021 is Maria Bakalova. #Borat #Borat2020
- Sean Reid (@srjreid) October 23, 2020
Maria Bakalova should get an Oscar for the debutant ball scene alone. I almost shut my laptop out of sheer second-hand discomfort.#Borat
- Charlotte Clymer :flag_white:️:rainbow: (@cmclymer) October 24, 2020
Watched the new Borat film. Some truly great laugh out loud moments. Sacha Baron Cohen is so good at pushing beyond the edge. Maria Bakalova really should win an Oscar. Outstanding performance.
- Sir Jon Digital (@Jon_Digital) October 24, 2020
Maria Bakalova deserves an Oscar for playing Tutar !
I'm still thinking about that ballroom dance!#Borat #Borat2
- life sucks (@ca_lai09) October 23, 2020
Borat 2 is the best comedy I've seen in a long time and Maria Bakalova deserves an Oscar.
- God (@thegoodgodabove) October 24, 2020
If Maria Bakalova doesn't win an Oscar for Borat 2 then what is the point of The Oscars?
- Jason Gallagher (@jga41agher) October 24, 2020
Indeed, Baron Cohen himself has called for the 24-year-old to receive a nomination.
Speaking on Good Morning America, he said: "She is hilarious, she is one of the most courageous actors in history, if she doesn't get nominated for an Oscar then that's a travesty."
Writing on Instagram, Bakalova said she was 'overwhelmed' by his words, adding that he really is like a father to her.
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