'Borat' and 'Promising Young Woman' Strike Again at the Writers Guild Awards


| LAST UPDATE 03/23/2021

By Molly Houghton
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Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat Subsequent Movie Film had another victorious night at the Writers Guild of America. The comedy-thriller Promising Young Woman also scored a pre-Oscar win. And lucky for you, we've got everything you need to know.

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It was another big night for comedy as the Oscar momentum continues to build ahead of the 93rd Academy Awards coming up on April 26. Promising Young Woman, directed and written by Emerald Fennell, starring Carey Mulligan, is nominated for a whopping five awards at the 2021 Oscars!

The film follows a young woman traumatized by a difficult event in her past as she seeks out vengeance and lives a secret double-life by night. The hit movie has already garnered recognition at this year's Critics' Choice Awards, Satellite Awards, and AACTA International Awards. And the other night, the Writers Guild of America named the motion picture 2021's Best Original Screenplay.

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Promising Young Woman isn't the only film that struck gold at the most recent event of awards season. After big wins at the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards, and Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm took home Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writers Guild. There's no stopping the comedic powerhouse that is Sacha Baron Cohen and his team.

"Thank you for this incredible award," Cohen said in his acceptance speech. "Though, I can't help thinking that we won it because 60% of the writers guild worked on this movie. A film like this is extremely hard to write, partly because it stars real people whose behavior is completely unpredictable. Well apart, of course, from Rudy Giuliani, who did everything we hoped for." The comedy icon went on to explain how the controversial scene went exactly as the crew hoped.

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Sacha also took to social media to celebrate the news. "Thank you to the Writers Guild for honoring Borat with Best Adapted Screenplay!" he tweeted. "We never imagined this movie would be so popular...after all, it's about the world's most ignorant, misogynistic racist man -- and how Borat tried to deliver a bribe to his Vice President." See the full list of award-winners here.