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UPDATE: Sacha Baron Cohen [Not Quite] Banned from Oscars

Sacha Baron Cohen attends the "Hugo" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on November 21, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics » Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator (Paramount) Normally, when you're one of the major actors in one of the films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, you get to go to the awards show. Sacha Baron Cohen is putting that to the test after irking the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Yesterday it was reported by Deadline.com, Cohen, who is one of the stars in Martin Scorsese's Oscar nominated Hugo, was banned from attending Sunday's Oscar ceremony. Apparently, a proposal from the Borat star and his people reached the Academy suggesting that the actor walk the red carpet in full costume as his character in the upcoming film The Dictator.

The payoff, theoretically would be twofold: Cohen's film would drum up plenty of publicity thanks to the stunt and the Oscars would have a buzz-worthy red carpet moment that would make the rounds the following morning. The Academy was not onboard and threatened to revoke Cohen's invite if he went through with the red carpet highjacking.

It appears there's only room for one dictator on Oscar night, and it's the Academy. In the end, Sacha Baron Cohen will have the last laugh. If he is banned from the awards show, it will create plenty of publicity for his new movie while the Academy will look like a bunch of uptight and self-righteous jerks.

See more Sacha Baron Cohen photos:
  • Sacha Baron Cohen in 12th Annual AFI Awards - Presentation
  • Sacha Baron Cohen in "Hugo" New York Premiere
  • Sacha Baron Cohen in Isla Fisher Avoids Cameras in Australia
  • Sacha Baron Cohen in Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher Avoid the Lens
  • Sacha Baron Cohen in Sacha Baron Cohen Turns 40
  • Sacha Baron Cohen in Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen Celebrate His Birthday
  • Sacha Baron Cohen in Sacha Baron Cohen Films in Spain
  • Sacha Baron Cohen in Sacha Baron Cohen on Set in NYC
Watch the trailer for The Dictator:

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