Sacha Baron Cohen In Oscars #Dictatorgate

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Sacha Baron Cohen has been at the centre of Academy Awards controversy this week.

There has been confusion as to whether he has been banned from this year’s Oscars, but it appears the story isn’t that straightforward…

Sacha Baron Cohen as the DictatorEarlier this week, Sacha Baron Cohen put a proposal to the Academy requesting that he walk the Oscars red carpet dressed as General Aladeen, the lead character from his upcoming movie ‘The Dictator’, before changing into a tuxedo for the awards ceremony itself.

The Academy reportedly responded saying that they don’t approve of his plans, but that he’s still welcome to attend, however, Paramount Pictures is claiming he has effectively been banned from Sunday night’s awards.

> ‘The Dictator’ Trailer Debuts

After the initial reports that Cohen had been banned from this weekend’s Oscars appeared online, the Academy went on the record with The Hollywood Reporter to deny that the comic actor has had his tickets revoked, however, the original source of this story, Deadline.com, have reacted frankly to this statement saying…

“faced with all the bad publicity resulting from its action, the Academy tried to parse what it did when questioned by some media outlets.

But the fact is that, this morning, the Academy’s Managing Director Of Membership Kimberly Rouch phoned Paramount’s awards staff to say Baron Cohen’s tickets had been pulled unless he gives the Academy assurances ahead of time promising not to show up on the Red Carpet in costume and not to promote the movie…

The Academy made it clear that, without those assurances, it would not issue him the tickets. So he’s banned.”

> ‘Hugo’ Trailer Premieres

Baron Cohen (who is an Academy member and appears in ‘Best Picture’ nominee Hugo) has reportedly refused to assure them that he will not turn up in character and will not promote the movie on the red carpet.

Baron Cohen has a history of using awards shows and other big events to promote his projects.

To help launch ‘Borat’ in 2006, he arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival dressed up as his TV journalist alter ego, riding a wagon pulled by “Kazakhstani peasant women.”

He didn’t attend 2007′s Oscars after he was told he could not present an award in character as Borat.

To promote ‘Bruno’ in 2009, he turned up at the annual MTV Video Music Awards, as gay fashionista Bruno.

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