The outrageously fearless British comic actor of "Borat,"
"He is truly our Jimi Hendrix," said Apatow. "He is a mensch and a great friend."
Baron Cohen walked on stage and went over to the woman, who gave him the cane. Baron Cohen took the cane and started to walk around the stage imitating Chaplin. But then the cane broke and Baron Cohen fell into the woman. Before you could say whoops-a-daisy, "Cullington" and wheelchair fell off the stage headfirst onto the floor.
Initial shock and surprise gave away to gales of sustained laughter as everyone realized they had been punked.
"What a great way to go," chortled Baron Cohen, warning her relatives: "Try and sue! She's dead. Get over it."
They should. The senior citizen was actually a stuntwoman, and the only Cullington from the silent era was Margaret Cullington, who had a small part in Chaplin's "A Dog's Life." She died in 1925.
It was impossible to top Baron Cohen's stunt, though the night's other award winners provided plenty of star power.
Kathryn Bigelow, who with her 2009 film
The self-effacing Clooney talked about the odd jobs that he had while growing up in Kentucky. "I cut tobacco. I sold men's suits. I sold women's shoes ... that's when I decided to move to Hollywood."
Welsh comedian-actor Rob Brydon was the amiable host.