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Sacha Baron Cohen banned from the Oscars

02.22.2012by:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has pulled Sacha Baron Cohen's ticket from the upcoming Acadamy Awards, effectively banning him from attending despite that fact that he's an Academy member and one of the stars of HUGO, which is nominated for 11 awards including Best Picture.

What was the reason? Apparently Cohen had plans to come down the red carpet in full costume as his character from THE DICTATOR, which would mock the very serious (and very boring) spirit of the awards.

“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.

A publicity stunt to be sure, but he apparently had plans to change into a tux and attend the overly long and stuffy event just like everyone else.

This isn't the first time Cohen has courted controversy at the Oscars, of course, as he was asked to be a presenter for the 2007 Oscars and told them he'd only do it if he could do it in character as Borat. They refused, and he didn't attend.

Source: Deadline

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6:17PM on 02/23/2012
He should do a borat type of film about Hollywood and make total ridiculous fun out of this stick-in-the-butt people
He should do a borat type of film about Hollywood and make total ridiculous fun out of this stick-in-the-butt people
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4:40PM on 02/23/2012
Who gives a shit. The academy awards are stupid anyways. Why the fuck does anyone care what rich white men enjoyed in the world of cinema this or any year?
Who gives a shit. The academy awards are stupid anyways. Why the fuck does anyone care what rich white men enjoyed in the world of cinema this or any year?
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4:26PM on 02/23/2012
The Oscars aren't a marketing tool. Danny Devito can't walk down the red carpet dressed as Lorax. Sasha Baren Cohen needs to find another way to promote his movie, like the 50 other ways he's already doing it. No need to be an attention whore.
The Oscars aren't a marketing tool. Danny Devito can't walk down the red carpet dressed as Lorax. Sasha Baren Cohen needs to find another way to promote his movie, like the 50 other ways he's already doing it. No need to be an attention whore.
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4:18PM on 02/23/2012

LOL.

They Probably afraid he is going to crack a joke about Jews.
They Probably afraid he is going to crack a joke about Jews.
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11:14AM on 02/23/2012

Good

The guy's not funny. His rude and crude comedy is annoying. I'm glad they banned his ass. His humor is for the people Mike Judge depicted in his movie Idiocracy.
The guy's not funny. His rude and crude comedy is annoying. I'm glad they banned his ass. His humor is for the people Mike Judge depicted in his movie Idiocracy.
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10:41AM on 02/23/2012

boo!

sour grapes.
sour grapes.
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9:07AM on 02/23/2012
Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't they give a nom to a chick that shits in a sink this year?

They don't know what the hell they want, but they all know they don't want to be entertained while sitting there since the "Borat presenting" seems like a great, funny, and entertaining idea.
Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't they give a nom to a chick that shits in a sink this year?

They don't know what the hell they want, but they all know they don't want to be entertained while sitting there since the "Borat presenting" seems like a great, funny, and entertaining idea.
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8:07AM on 02/23/2012
He's putting himself and his movie that hasn't been released yet over a prestigious event. The Oscars are not about him or his movie. Good for them.
He's putting himself and his movie that hasn't been released yet over a prestigious event. The Oscars are not about him or his movie. Good for them.
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8:35AM on 02/23/2012
yea god forbid he entertains a few people in the entertainment industry. thats wack i would love to see him as the dictator at the oscars.
yea god forbid he entertains a few people in the entertainment industry. thats wack i would love to see him as the dictator at the oscars.
3:32AM on 02/23/2012

Boresville

The Oscars are the most utterly boring show on the planet. All that talk about how important they are - these 'weavers of dreams' - vile.
The Oscars are the most utterly boring show on the planet. All that talk about how important they are - these 'weavers of dreams' - vile.
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3:04AM on 02/23/2012
Fuck them, show up anyway. Make a scene and embarrass the old cunts.
Fuck them, show up anyway. Make a scene and embarrass the old cunts.
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2:30AM on 02/23/2012

Oh Well

Look, I think the Oscars are as stuffy as it gets but I admire their taking a stand. It was just a stupid publicity stunt for a craptastic movie so screw him lol. They let this slide and the next year everyone is wearing Missy Elliott-like shirts with neon lights flashing "buy my"
Look, I think the Oscars are as stuffy as it gets but I admire their taking a stand. It was just a stupid publicity stunt for a craptastic movie so screw him lol. They let this slide and the next year everyone is wearing Missy Elliott-like shirts with neon lights flashing "buy my"
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2:04AM on 02/23/2012
Of course. Celebrate acting and filmmaking but ban anyone who's not afraid to take acting and filmmaking to a 'real-world' level. Makes total sense.
Of course. Celebrate acting and filmmaking but ban anyone who's not afraid to take acting and filmmaking to a 'real-world' level. Makes total sense.
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8:36AM on 02/23/2012
exactly,isnt entertainment the number one goal of the whole industry
exactly,isnt entertainment the number one goal of the whole industry
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1:54AM on 02/23/2012
The Oscars a dull and boring just like most of the movies that win one. All the best action packed entertaining movies get forgotten for the more deeper meaning crap. The Dictator will probably be better than most movies up for an award.
The Oscars a dull and boring just like most of the movies that win one. All the best action packed entertaining movies get forgotten for the more deeper meaning crap. The Dictator will probably be better than most movies up for an award.
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1:16AM on 02/23/2012
Yes, because god forbid anything entertaining should happen at the Oscars.
Yes, because god forbid anything entertaining should happen at the Oscars.
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1:11AM on 02/23/2012

shameless self promotion

that is all this is, it's like wearing a sign on your forehead for your website or something but promoting your movie, the stakes are higher.
that is all this is, it's like wearing a sign on your forehead for your website or something but promoting your movie, the stakes are higher.
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4:58AM on 02/23/2012
Isn't that what the oscars and the race leading up to it are? Shameless self promotion?
Isn't that what the oscars and the race leading up to it are? Shameless self promotion?
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12:11AM on 02/23/2012
If they can let the Muppets be there and present awards, I don't see why they can't let the Dictator do the same. Both are essentially fictional characters. It's not as if the Academy insists Steve Whitmre and Frank Oz appear as themselves.
If they can let the Muppets be there and present awards, I don't see why they can't let the Dictator do the same. Both are essentially fictional characters. It's not as if the Academy insists Steve Whitmre and Frank Oz appear as themselves.
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1:07AM on 02/23/2012
The character of "The Dictator" isn't presenting. Cohen would just get there as such. Also I just read that he is allowed to attend, just not as "The Dictator".
The character of "The Dictator" isn't presenting. Cohen would just get there as such. Also I just read that he is allowed to attend, just not as "The Dictator".
1:23AM on 02/23/2012
That's exactly the point I was making. It's not okay for Cohen to show up on the red carpet as the Dictator character, but it's fine for puppeteers to not only show up but present awards as Kermit and Miss Piggy?
That's exactly the point I was making. It's not okay for Cohen to show up on the red carpet as the Dictator character, but it's fine for puppeteers to not only show up but present awards as Kermit and Miss Piggy?
10:24PM on 02/22/2012

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This news piece screams anything BUT "liberal". The Oscar's is a display of shriveled, conservative behavior. The folks are banning him for attempting to upset the status quo of the "traditional" Oscar setting.
This news piece screams anything BUT "liberal". The Oscar's is a display of shriveled, conservative behavior. The folks are banning him for attempting to upset the status quo of the "traditional" Oscar setting.
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11:46PM on 02/22/2012
Right. That must be why I've been watching liberal entertainers give exhausting activist lectures during their acceptance speeches for the last 30 years. Because it's all so conservative.
Right. That must be why I've been watching liberal entertainers give exhausting activist lectures during their acceptance speeches for the last 30 years. Because it's all so conservative.
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10:02PM on 02/22/2012
What the fuck!? I don't want to see him in a suit, I want to see him rub his ass in someone's face descending from the sky like an angel. Better yet, he's doing his whole dictator shtick, I want to see him bringing in Elian Gonzalez on a leash holding a pair of nike's or some shit. Fuck this.
What the fuck!? I don't want to see him in a suit, I want to see him rub his ass in someone's face descending from the sky like an angel. Better yet, he's doing his whole dictator shtick, I want to see him bringing in Elian Gonzalez on a leash holding a pair of nike's or some shit. Fuck this.
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9:26PM on 02/22/2012

NOOO

It would have made it more bearable to watch. Please let him walk the carpet and dish out shit to the ones that deserve it.
It would have made it more bearable to watch. Please let him walk the carpet and dish out shit to the ones that deserve it.
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8:48PM on 02/22/2012
I'm done with the Oscars. The stars and fans need to boycott this farce of an awards show and strip it of both it's importance and it's arrogance.
I'm done with the Oscars. The stars and fans need to boycott this farce of an awards show and strip it of both it's importance and it's arrogance.
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8:51PM on 02/22/2012
It still beats the Grammys. : P
It still beats the Grammys. : P
8:39PM on 02/22/2012
With Melissa McCarthy being nominated for a role in a funny but blue comedy film/role I would have thought the academy finally loosened the stick in it's ass...I guess I was mistaken :-/
With Melissa McCarthy being nominated for a role in a funny but blue comedy film/role I would have thought the academy finally loosened the stick in it's ass...I guess I was mistaken :-/
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8:25PM on 02/22/2012
Talk about the best thing that could've happened to the red carpet event being avoided. Although I do usually watch it, I am always embarrassed at the unabashed bullshit of the red carpet. If he came onstage as the Dictator, it would've been more in keeping with Hollywood promotion, but I guess they're afraid he'd infringe on the fashionista "Who Wore It Best/Worst" bs. Has he ever attended? I remember he was gonna do something with Ben Stiller for Avatar, but it was going to be too
Talk about the best thing that could've happened to the red carpet event being avoided. Although I do usually watch it, I am always embarrassed at the unabashed bullshit of the red carpet. If he came onstage as the Dictator, it would've been more in keeping with Hollywood promotion, but I guess they're afraid he'd infringe on the fashionista "Who Wore It Best/Worst" bs. Has he ever attended? I remember he was gonna do something with Ben Stiller for Avatar, but it was going to be too racy.
Sigh...
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8:08PM on 02/22/2012
Well, you know, we wouldn't want to mock 3rd World dictators in front of Hollywood's liberal elite.

Sean Penn might have an aneurysm.
Well, you know, we wouldn't want to mock 3rd World dictators in front of Hollywood's liberal elite.

Sean Penn might have an aneurysm.
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8:58PM on 02/22/2012
You sir have hit the nail squarely on the head.
You sir have hit the nail squarely on the head.
9:06PM on 02/22/2012
While hollywood is mostly full of liberal elite; award shows seem to follow more of a conservative flow. This articule being a good example.
While hollywood is mostly full of liberal elite; award shows seem to follow more of a conservative flow. This articule being a good example.
7:40PM on 02/22/2012
Any chance that this is part of the publicity stunt? I hope so. I mean, I'm an Oscars apologist, but damn, that's a serious dick move.
Any chance that this is part of the publicity stunt? I hope so. I mean, I'm an Oscars apologist, but damn, that's a serious dick move.
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