Irrelevant Film Industry Circle Jerk Bans Sacha Baron Cohen
The Academy Awards are more or less irrelevant these days, as evidenced by the fact that Billy Crystal is hosting and War Horse is nominated for Best Picture. The King’s Speech basically proved last year that the Oscars have become so color by numbers that you can make a movie for the sole purpose of winning an Oscar — it doesn’t even have to be a good movie, The King’s Speech sucked — and so long as you stay within the lines you’ll win Best Picture. As far as I can tell, that’s the only reason War Horse exists, but I digress.
Apparently, the Academy has decided that they haven’t made their awards ceremony enough of a humorless circle jerk, so they’ve decided to bar Sacha Baron Cohen from the ceremony because he was planning to make a joke on the red carpet…
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts &Sciences has pulled actor Sacha Baron Cohen‘s tickets from the 84th Academy Awards. This means he is banned from attending the Oscars even though he is an Academy member and one of the stars from Hugo, Paramount’s 11-nominated movie and Best Picture contender. “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,” Paramount just told me. The reason is that a proposal reached the Academy for Baron Cohen to strut the Red Carpet in full costume as his title character in the upcoming Paramount comedy The Dictator.
Deadline reported yesterday that Baron Cohen’s plan was to come dressed asThe Dictator and then change into a tuxedo and attend the Oscars as planned. He wasn’t scheduled to present an award, but he was arriving at Kodak Theatre as part of the Paramount contingent. Now he can’t do even that.
I know, God forbid something entertaining happen at an awards ceremony celebrating the entertainment industry. Whatever dudes, all the cool people only care about the BAFTAs anyways…