Borat's daughter is officially in the awards race.
On Friday, Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova was awarded best supporting actress by the New York Film Critics Circle for her go-for-broke performance in "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm." The 24-year-old plays the unrefined and endearing teenage daughter of Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) in the mockumentary, a long-awaited sequel to 2006's hit "Borat" film.
Bakalova's breakthrough turn has been a critics' favorite ever since the movie premiered on Amazon Prime in October, with praise for her fearless commitment to some of the film's more cringeworthy bits. The movie ends with a now-infamous encounter between Bakalova's young character, Tutar, and Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who appears to unbutton his pants in front of her following an interview.
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The New York Film Critics Circle has a history of recognizing comedic actresses, including Tiffany Haddish for "Girls Trip" in 2017 and Regina Hall for "Support the Girls" in 2018.
Chadwick Boseman was also among the NYFCC winners announced Friday, for best supporting actor in Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods." The late "Black Panther" star died of colon cancer in August at 43, and is considered an Oscar front-runner for his towering turn in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," now streaming on Netflix.
Boseman's "Da 5 Bloods" co-star, Delroy Lindo, was awarded best actor for the Netflix drama, which follows a group of Vietnam War vets. Sidney Flanigan, of abortion drama "Never Rarely Sometimes Always," took home best actress.
Kelly Reichardt's elegiac Western "First Cow" was crowned best film, while Chloé Zhao won best director for her meditative road movie "Nomadland" starring Frances McDormand.
The NYFCC Awards are the first major accolades of awards season. Recent acting winners including Laura Dern ("Marriage Story"), Regina King ("If Beale Street Could Talk") and Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight") have all gone on to win Oscars.
The NYFCC is made up of nearly 50 critics and journalists, voting on films released between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. A special awards video will be released Jan. 24, in lieu of the usual in-person ceremony.
The full list of winners:
Best film: "First Cow"
Best director: Chloé Zhao, "Nomadland"
Best actor: Delroy Lindo, "Da 5 Bloods"
Best actress: Sidney Flanigan, "Never Rarely Sometimes Always"
Best supporting actor: Chadwick Boseman, "Da 5 Bloods"
Best supporting actress: Maria Bakalova, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"
Best screenplay: "Never Rarely Sometimes Always"
Best foreign-language film: "Bacurau"
Best nonfiction film: "Time"
Best animated film: "Wolfwalkers"
Best first film: "The 40-Year-Old Version"
Best cinematography: "Small Axe" (all films)
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Borat' star Maria Bakalova enters Oscar race with NYFCC Awards win