Denied or not? The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences took back comedic provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen's tickets to attend the 84th Academy Awards presentation. Why? They simply don't trust him. But negative reaction to the decision may actually work in his favor after all. And, Cohen himself is raising the stakes higher by allowing is alter ego to speak out against the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Zionists" this week.
Water cooler talk all over Hollywood has been taken over by news that Sacha Baron Cohen has been asked NOT to show up to this Sunday's Oscars show. The decision comes in spite of the fact Cohen is part of the ensemble of Hugo, which has been nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.
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.
While Cohen has not confirmed or denied any plot to invade the red carpet dressed as Supreme Leader Shabazz Aladeen, his latest film alter ego from The Dictator. It appears the Academy simply did not want to take any chances in courting controversy on the big night.
Oh, the irony!
**UPDATE: As media reaction was largely negative, Deadline.com is now reporting AMPAS is giving serious thought to allowing Cohen to participate in this Sunday's Oscars after all. The popular website offered this quote from an insider source on this still-evolving story:
There’s a debate inside the Academy of how to respond. Certainly the perception is that they lack a sense of humor which got a strong reaction. They are debating what to do. But so far they have not changed their official position.
***UPDATE: His Wadiyan Excellency's team offered this salvo via The Dictator website:
Admiral General Aladeen will deliver a formal response tomorrow morning to being banned from The Oscars by the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Zionists.
Is Hollywood being played in Cohen's inimitable style? Stay tuned.
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