Even before Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was released, viewers were eager to see Sacha Baron Cohen's latest work in the sequel of the original 2006 film, Borat. The new movie included one extremely memorable character, besides Borat himself; His daughter, Tutar. At this year's Critics Choice Awards, Maria Bakalova was recognized for her role as Tutar, receiving the award for Best Supporting Actress.
The 24-year-old Bulgarian actress seemed to be in shock upon receiving this recognition. "I cannot believe this is happening, really," Bakalova said during her acceptance speech. "Growing up in Burgas, Bulgaria, it's really hard to believe that I'm standing here - well, sitting here - right now."
Bakalova also showed her gratitude towards Sacha Baron Cohen, as he had cast her in the film in the first place. "You can think about being ready to seize your moment, but you cannot do it unless you're given a chance," said Maria. "Sacha, you gave me that chance. Thank you for the unwavering support and for trusting me." The actress also used the award show as an opportunity to inspire other young men and women to pursue their dreams.
"This award is for every little kid wherever you are from," she said. "Your dreams are valid no matter how huge. Dare to achieve them, and you will." In January, Bakalova revealed that she's still in touch with Jeanise Jones, who played Tutar's onscreen babysitting in the film. "I will probably always think of her as my godmother," Maria revealed. "We had a real human connection from the very first day we met.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was also nominated for Best Comedy, but although the hysterical cast and crew didn't take home this victory, they're still incredibly proud of the work they've done. In January, Sacha Baron Cohen talked about the entire filming process with Ben Affleck, revealing that "80% of the people that we shot ended up in the movie." Ultimately, Sacha Baron Cohen and Maria Bakalova proved to be quite the dynamic duo on screen, and we can't wait to see what else these two have in store for the future.