to The Los Angeles Times, actor Sacha Baron Cohen pulled a prank that left many in attendance gasping.
that while on stage to accept the Charlie Chaplin Brittania Award for Excellence in Comedy, he was given an old-looking cane by an old lady in a wheelchair who was "supposedly" Grace Cullington, the last living actress to have worked with the award's namesake, Charlie Chaplin.
The "accident" came when Cohen broke the cane, according
to E! Online, fell into the former actress which sent her flying offstage head first onto the floor. The whole crowd gasped until they realized they had just been victims of another Cohen joke.
As the audience came to that realization, according
to EW.com, the actor deadpanned:
"Grace Cullington is the oldest, no, sorry, was the oldest surviving [Chaplin co-star]. I dedicate my award to her. This is obviously a tragedy. She has upstaged me. But on the bright side, what a great way to go, giving an award to me. Thus, she’ll probably make the Oscars In Memoriam segment. I’d like to say a few words to her family: Do not try to sue me. If you decide to get the lawyers involved, I will take you down just like I did your granny. The cane that woman forced on me was clearly defective and I’ve got lots of witnesses. At least 400 in this room and at least 500 watching on TV. Anyway, tonight is not about her, it’s about me.”
The Los Angeles Times reported
that the old lady was in fact a stunt woman. Margaret Cullington, the only Cullington to have worked with Chaplin during silent era, died in 1925.
Geroge Clooney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Kathryn Bigelow, and Sir Ben Kingsley were also honored at the awards event, according
to The Los Angeles Times. Comedian Rob Brydon served as host.