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Sacha Baron Cohen Banned From The Oscars For Proposing To Attend Red Carpet As 'The Dictator' Character

by Edward Davis
February 22, 2012 6:45 PM
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The Dictator

Well, this is probably not the way he saw this going down. The message is clear: do not fuck with the Academy or you will be left the last one not laughing.

If you’ve kept your nose to the pre-Oscar grindstone this week, you’ve likely already heard that Sacha Baron Cohen was hoping he could attend the red carpet as General Aladeen, the main character from his upcoming Paramount comedy, "The Dictator."

The potentially ridiculing idea (see all of Cohen’s films and the way they skew celebrity) made the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences extremely uncomfortable and the idea has, in fact, totally backfired. So concerned are they with the Cohen stunt, they have apparently pulled his ticket from the Oscars this Sunday, effectively banning the actor from appearing at the show. Wah wah wee wah.

Ironically, Cohen is an Academy member and is in Best Picture nominee “Hugo,” but that’s apparently not enough. Maybe it’s not all said and done. “Unless they’re assured that nothing entertaining is going to happen on the Red Carpet, the Academy is not admitting Sacha Baron Cohen to the show,” an insider told Deadline about the situation. Either way it’s going to be pretty good free promotion for Cohen’s upcoming picture directed by “Borat” director Larry Charles.

Cohen tried to pull a similar stunt in 2007 when he was asked to be a presenter for the show. Cohen said he would do so, but if only if he could present in his “Borat” character. He did the same at the MTV Movie Awards as his "Bruno" character, but that was a stunt that Eminem was in cahoots with. The Academy, who take the event hyper-seriously as a night to parade our greatest stars, not mock or scorn them, pretty much rescinded the invite immediately. [Deadline]

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  • Mr Anonymous | February 23, 2012 8:22 AMReply

    Let's face it, the Academy is run by people over 60 and they're the ones who vote for the Oscar winners!

    A simple but stern no would have sufficed. But to ban SBC completely is mean. Bunch of ignorant retards.

  • Bakunin | February 22, 2012 10:24 PMReply

    A little split on this one. Yes it would be funny, but at the same time, as someone else mentioned on here, the Oscars despite the show's faults, are more about appreciating filmmaking, it's not a total gags and pop show like the MTV Movie Awards.

  • Florence | February 22, 2012 11:16 PM

    Dude, The Muppets are presenting. I love them but I wouldn't consider their appearance as an ode to film-making.

  • juicebox | February 22, 2012 9:09 PMReply

    > Oscar winner Eminem >

  • Jesllo | February 22, 2012 8:37 PMReply

    I could see it at the Golden Globes, I mean that thing is just a sad thing to watch. But I think the Oscars are different, its paying respect to these actors, directors and writers in a more professional setting. Sure the audience at home would love some actual entertainment considering the thing is just way too long, but Barons characters are hokey. Its not fitting.

  • JESLLO the Messlo | February 22, 2012 11:14 PM

    James Franco dressing up as Marilyn Monroe is paying respect to actors, the craft, and honoring the industry. Yeah..... no.

  • Good going, guys | February 22, 2012 8:33 PMReply

    The message is clear: the Academy is now managed by people with no sense of humor.

  • Really?!?! | February 22, 2012 7:35 PMReply

    Are you guys retarded? It's all free publicity.

  • Oogle monster | February 22, 2012 6:59 PMReply

    What a bunch of pricks. This would have been the only interesting thing to happen all night.

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