Sacha Baron Cohen has been banned from attending the 84th Academy Awards. Deadline reports that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts &Sciences has pulled his tickets for the awards. Even though he is an Academy member and one of the stars from Hugo (which has 11 nominations), he will not be granted admittance.
Here is what Deadline's Nikki Fink had to say:
Loosen up, people. Frankly, the Academy looks like uptight wankers with this treatment of one of the globe’s funniest comedians. The Academy merely had to say no when that proposal was presented to it. Everyone involved in the ceremony was adamantly against it on the grounds that it makes a mockery of what Hollywood considers its most prestigious event. Instead, the Academy clearly wants another overly long, ridiculously reverential show about movies no one bothered to see where the best thing about the telecast will be the comeback of popular host Billy Crystal at age 63.