Sacha Baron Cohen ‘attacked’ on-stage at Producers Guild Awards in camp skit
Sacha Baron Cohen may not have been in character as Borat but he was still as camp as anything at the Producers Guild of America Awards, putting on a very theatrical skit which saw him being ‘attacked’ on-stage.
The Ali G Indahouse star attended the ceremony on Saturday to present the Darryl F Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures to Oscars contender Everything Everywhere All at Once.
However, nothing went to plan with Sacha, 51, delivering quite an entertaining performance that left the star-studded audience – including the likes of Tom Cruise and Jamie Lee Curtis, in stitches.
In a clip from the ceremony shared on Twitter, the British actor is seen looking dapper in a black tuxedo with his hair slicked back as he spoke from the podium.
Just as he was about to read the nominees from an envelope, a man suddenly charges at Sacha from stage left while screaming. The actor is then tackled by the balaclava-clad man who clearly met his match as Sacha didn’t fall easily, pretending to punch, kick and stamp on the stage invader as the fake fight ensued.
The mystery man – who also wore a suit – later pulled a plank of styrofoam from behind a curtain and held it in front of Sacha, who then snapped it into pieces.
Other top winners included Everything Everywhere All At Once, which scooped the prize for best theatrical motion picture making it a likely winner at the Oscars next month, while Guillermo del Toro’s Pinnochio’s took best nominated film, and Till won the Stanley Kramer Award which honours a production or producer that illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.
Mindy Kaling received the Norman Lear achievement award in television for her work producing shows including The Mindy Project, The Sex Lives of College Girls and The Office.
Elvis may not have won but Austin Butler, fresh from his Baftas win, shone like a star as he attended alongside the Presley biopic’s director Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin.
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