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  • 11 November 2013, 11:30

Sacha Baron Cohen pranks awards bash

Sacha Baron Cohen stunned a movie awards night in LA - by pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair off the stage.

The Borat star was invited on stage to accept the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.

Actress Salma Hayek brought along Grace Collington, 87, to help present the award, describing her as "the oldest surviving actor to have worked with Chaplin in a silent movie".

'Ms Collington' handed Cohen one of 'Chaplin's original canes' which the comedian immediately used to mimic Chaplin's trademark walk.

But when he leaned on the cane it snapped, sending Cohen sprawling across the stage, pushing the wheelchair - and its inhabitant - flying off the stage.

Thankfully the whole thing was a prank for the Britannia Awards do at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles.

Cohen quipped: "Grace Collington is the oldest, sorry, was the oldest... I dedicate my award to her. 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."

George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Benedict Cumberbatch were among the star-studded audience at the awards night.