Sacha Baron Cohen Banned from the 84th Annual Academy Awards?
When it comes to award shows, Sacha Baron Cohen knows how to make an entrance and get people talking, especially when his character Bruno decided to dropped in on Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards a few years ago. Now Cohen was apparently poised to appear yet again at an awards show in character, this time as General Aladeen, from his forthcoming film The Dictator, at the 84th Annual Academy Awards this Sunday. However, 24 Frames has learned that there's a slight possibility that Cohen will be banned if he attempts to take on the red carpet and ceremony in character to promote his upcoming film.
While this might be viewed as the Academy being grumpy and old fashioned, there's actually a decent explanation. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has always been against promoting future films during the ceremony. 24 Frames points out that this is why presenters at the ceremony are never introduced as "star of the upcoming..." during the telecast. While many outlets are saying that Cohen has already been banned from the ceremony, apparently an academy spokeswoman said no decision on the matter had been made and they were trying to learn more about Cohen's intentions. The Academy has reached out to Paramount Pictures on the matter, but the studio says they cannot control what Cohen will do at the ceremony so they have no authority in the matter.
It would certainly get more people to tune in, but the Academy does have principles, so I fully understand if they decide to lock Cohen out. Of course, the ceremony has become a bit stuffy over the years, so maybe it's time to spice things up a bit. The Oscars should be more than just a fancy party with Hollywood in fancy tuxedos and dresses. It should be a real celebration, and why can't the audience get in on the fun at home too? Well at least The Muppets are still lined up to present at the ceremony. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens when the Oscars air Sunday, February 26th at 7/6c on ABC. What do you think?