The Oscar nominee was recording a scene on her next blockbuster movie when she found out.
Bulgarian actor Maria Bakalova earned an Oscar nomination yesterday for her empowering portrayal of Borat's daughter Tutar Sagdiyev in 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm'. First acting like a fish out of the water, her character quickly adapts to her new place in America, and ends up creating one of the most memorable moments from the film (featuring a caught-out Rudy Guliani).
Bakalova has gained an incredible following since her first English-speaking movie role and is currently in the middle of filming 'The Bubble', director Judd Apatow's latest COVID-based Netflix movie production.
It turns out that the actor discovered she was an Oscar nominee while filming a scene for the movie, opposite her co-star Pedro Pascal. According to Variety, Baklova said: "We were in the middle of a take. I was like, 'Oh, did I do something wrong?'
"I think I started shaking and literally lost my mind for a second."
Pascal took to Twitter to praise Maria Bakalova, with her responding: "Oh my gosh it was so special sharing this moment with you, on set.
"All my love"
Maria Bakalova's Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar nomination will see her up against some previous Academy Award winners and nominees.
This year will be Glenn Close's eighth nomination for her role in 'Hillbilly Elegy'; Oscar winner Olivia Colman has been nominated for 'The Father'; while Amanda Seigfried and Yuh-Jung Youn have both received their first nominations for 'Mank' and 'Minari'.
The 93rd Oscars ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 25. For a full rundown of nominees, catch up here.