Sacha Baron Cohen not banned from Oscars
February 23rd, 2012
10:19 AM ET

Sacha Baron Cohen not banned from Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is paying close attention to "Hugo" actor Sacha Baron Cohen ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards as reports circulate that the actor wants to pull a red carpet stunt.

On Tuesday, the Hollywood Reporter cited anonymous sources who claimed that Cohen, 40, was angling to attend the Oscars dressed as his character in the upcoming comedy, "The Dictator."

As evidenced by the movie's trailer, Cohen stars in the May release as General Aladeen, a leader trying to stop democracy from entering the country he's "so lovingly oppressed."

Having Cohen, who's been invited as part of the best picture nominee "Hugo" cast, show up as "The Dictator" wouldn't be a surprise; after all, this is the same actor who's stayed in character on red carpets before.

But while that may be the case, the Academy isn't interested in having Cohen arrive at the awards show dressed as anyone other than himself.

While that position had some reporting that the actor's tickets had been rescinded, that doesn't appear to be the case.

“We would love to have Sacha Baron Cohen at the Oscar show," a spokesperson for the Academy told CNN. "We have expressed [to Cohen] that we don’t like our red carpet to be used as a promotional stunt. We’re waiting to hear from him. We’ve put the ball in his court.”

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  1. microsoft office for mac 2011

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    May 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bruce

    Too harsh of me. I kind of like him in some things.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bruce

    This guy should be banned from life.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Couv Man

    Sacha just spilled the ashes of Kim Jong IL on Ryan Seacrest

    February 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NYCMovieFan

    Cohen should be ashamed to be seen in Hollywood following one of the worst peformances of the year in one of the worst movies of the year, Hugo. What a mess! No real plot, nothing for children in a so-called children's movie, a nonsensical, idiotic move to make it 3D – terrible. Everyone who foisted that trainwreck on the public should be completely ashamed of themselves.

    February 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Borat

    This man is genius!

    February 26, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. RollinSD-Leucadia Bob

    Reggae sensation Alborosie announces a soon to be released song that he recorded with Amy Winehouse.I just finished editing this interview – you are all the first to see it.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Elisa Jordana

    He's going to upset the Hollywood elite......waaaaahhhhhh.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Leucadia Bob

    February 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fishtale63

    Personally, I'd ban Cohen regardless of his intent.

    February 24, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • michael garisson

      jew hater ain't cha

      February 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fishtale63

      Wow, michael garisson, don't you like to make assumptions! I'm not a hater at all, I just think that Cohen's work is asinine and I don't like it.
      For the record, people like yourself, those who make assumptions based on a SINGLE SENTENCE are just as dangerous (if not more so) as those that you point your self-righteous finger at.

      Now go get an education and then go screw yourself.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl

      WOW is right, michael garrison ! Where in the world did THAT assumption come from? Totally out of left field and wrong to boot! Think you should maybe get that chip on your shoulder looked at?

      February 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cheryl

    Maybe somebody should let Sacha know this kind of crap is soooo old. He should go ask Mike Myers what "Love Guru" did for HIS career? Same vulgar, unfunny character, slightly different plot and costumes. Proves you are washed up if this is the best you can do.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. TheQuestion

    The oscars are already a pathetic joke to begin with, seeing how all its just an excuse for the Hollywood 1% to show off their so called "talent" of acting, wealth and having symmetrical faces. If anything, Sacha Baron Cohen is just trying to justify his so called "craft" by staying in character.
    I respect actors, but not if the hail from Hollywood.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sally Mae

    what kind of name is sacha? we gots a guy in the holler named sucka. maybe he just mispelled it.

    February 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. anonymous

    I wish he would show up in character. At least then, the Oscars would be interesting to watch, instead of a snooze fest.

    February 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bobby John

    Movie traler, datz the uns on wheelz. Fanci.

    February 23, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. clarkken09

    The fear is that Obama might mistake him for a real third world dictator and start bowing and apologizing.

    February 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • @clarkken

      If he was an actual threat to this country, he' have him taken out. Apologize, my azz. You're a republican, huh?

      February 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fishtale63

      Or even worse yet, walk around holding the hand of Saudi princes. You that Republican George Bush did.

      February 24, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • runmom

      Nah – more likely Santorum would mistake him for a real dictator and whip out an AK-47 and start shooting, taking out hundreds of innocent bystanders in the process. And then NOT apologize because there was a chance that Cohen might have REALLY been a dictator who was thinking about planning to investigate building some sort of weapon that could possibly be used against us, maybe sometime in the future, if he were to get enough money.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • @runmom

      and don't forget, then he'll take away our birth control & sick Satan on us!

      February 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. tom

    No talent self promoting loser. Stay home.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Thomas Nast

    Sacha is a great actor who has topped my list for side-splitting guffaws.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  19. No thanks

    So all the actors coming as caricatures of real people are fine with the academy as long as they were nice clothes. It isn't like those people aren't acting fake as a promotional stunt for their future careers at all. Really.

    Someone like Cohen wants to show up and not play their thoroughly fake game and they get upset. I really hope he just flat out lies to their face and shows up as the Dictator anyway. It will at least be mildly entertaining. It isn't like the academy is ever going to give Sasha an Oscar anyway, he is after all a comedian/actor and we all know how men in that role fare when it comes to being rewarded for their roles by the academy.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • KajinPL

      Well, not entirely. There was Jamie Foxx who's a comedian/actor/musician. Though it was a dramatic role. Does that count btw?

      February 25, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  20. Billiam

    Uhh, isn't the entire "red carpet" a promotional stunt?

    February 23, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • dannyf

      Absolutely. I mean, its all about advertising who is wearing what designer dress or jewelry. who is with who as a date, what cast has matching shoes. I say let him. Everyone knows he is cooky anyways. And it is better than Bruno.

      February 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  21. KajinPL

    Gosh. He's not coming as Bruno this time. What a shame. lOl

    February 23, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |

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