SACHA Baron Cohen is tipping his co- star in the new Borat film for an Oscar.
The prankster says it will be a “travesty” if Bulgarian Maria Bakalova, 24, does not win one for playing his 15-year-old daughter Tutar.
Brit Baron Cohen, 49, said: “She is an incredible actor. We interviewed 600 women from all round the world and she is hilarious.
“She is one of the most courageous actors in history. If she doesn’t get nominated for an Oscar then that is a travesty.”
In the film, Maria set a trap for Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who lies on a bed with his hands down his trousers.
Ali G comic Baron Cohen went on: “She is one of a kind. Imagine coming to America for the first time — she had barely been out of Bulgaria — and suddenly she is playing a role in some terrifying situations and she got through it all.
“I don’t know how she did it.”
Blushing Maria replied on US TV: “Now you are making me cry.”
Variety mag put her in its top ten Best Supporting Actress Oscar tips.
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