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.
The Academy is concerned that Cohen would show up on the red carpet dressed in character of his upcoming film The Dictator. “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 stated. The Academy’s Managing Director Of Membership Kimberly Rouch spoke to Paramont’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 on the Red Carpet. The Academy made it clear that, without those assurances, it would not issue him the tickets."
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.
I agree it is a good idea to lighten up a bit, but I agree with many people that feel the Academy Awards are a "prestigious event." If you want to dress up in costumes, then the MTV Movie Awards are perfect. As someone who watches the Oscars every year at home, I think there needs to be a healthy dose of fun thrown into the broadcast. Billy Crystal will be a great addition returning as the host, but I would love to see a younger comic/star hosting next year. Let's face it, this is a special night to celebrate and have fun. I have a lot of fun watching the awards and consider it to be my super bowl each year. I like humor and having fun but dislike a mockery being made of an event.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that Sacha Baron Cohen should be allowed to attend the ceremony however he cares to dress?
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