Sacha Baron Cohen Shocks Britannia Guests With Murder Skit

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November 10, 2013 | 6:25pm EST

Funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen stunned guests at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday when he pretended to murder an elderly, wheelchair-bound woman.
His macabre skit began with actress Salma Hayek introducing the elderly woman as Grace Collington, the “oldest surviving actor to have worked with Charlie Chaplin in a silent movie.”
The 87 year old then attempted to present madcap Brit Cohen with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, but he pushed her off the stage and Collington appeared to fall face down.
Audience members gasped as the elderly lady lay motionless as Cohen began with his acceptance speech.
He said, “Grace Collington is the oldest – sorry, was the oldest… I dedicate my award to her.”
As the old lady’s lifeless body was carried out of the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom, Cohen added, “It’s obviously a tragedy, but on the bright side what a great way to go. She’ll probably make the Oscars In Memoriam section… Anyway, tonight is not about her. It’s about me.”
Not everyone got the joke and host Rob Brydon had to assure guests that Collington was fine.
Other award recipients included Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ben Kingsley, director Kathryn Bigelow and George Clooney, who was feted with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.