MTV has announced that actor and comic performer Sacha Baron Cohen will be honored with the “Comedic Genius Award” at the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The award ceremony will be airing live from Los Angeles on May 16 PM at 9 PM ET/PT and hosted by Leslie Jones.
Cohen is, of course, receiving the honors for his brilliant, surprise reprisal of his infamous Borat character in last year’s Borat 2–which drew tens of millions of viewers to Amazon Prime and cost the streaming service a reported $80 million to secure the digital release. Cohen, never one to break character, used his allotted time during his Golden Globes acceptance speech for Best Picture to give kudos to Rudy Giuliani, who the actor says deserves the MTV honors over himself.
Cohen and Borat 2 are both well-deserving of the accolades, and here’s hoping after a run of award wins, a release date for the recently announced Borat 2 behind-the-scenes featurette won’t be far off. Supplemental Recordings will be presented in a multi-part special with behind-the-scenes footage and also extended cuts of certain scenes. Rumors have indicated there was enough footage shot from Borat 2 to create another entire movie, but it’s unclear how long the featurette content will run, in total.
Meanwhile, Cohen insists he is done playing Borat because it’s gotten “too dangerous.” Cohen says he’s “going to stay with the scripted stuff” for the foreseeable future–but, again, that is exactly what Cohen would say if he was planning something absurd, unscripted, and outrageous.