When Academy Awards officials told Sacha Baron Cohen that he was only welcome on the red carpet if he behaved like a nominee for Hugo, not like Admiral General Aladeen, the fictional fascist he plays in his upcoming movie, The Dictator, how many of us actually believed Cohen would listen, especially after he filmed a video, in character, promising to punish the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Zionists" if he did not receive tickets to the awards ceremony? Oscars producer Brian Grazer was the only spokesperson savvy enough to realize that there's really no way to stop Cohen from messing around with dressed-up celebrities tomorrow night and that it would be better to cooperate. "We're thrilled to have him and he'll be on the red carpet dressed as The Dictator," he said. Admiral General Aladeen was pleased with the response, and posted a photo holding his tickets with the statement, "Victory Is Ours!... The Academy have surrendered and sent over two tickets and a parking pass! Today Oscar, tomorrow Obama!" Come on, who wouldn't want to lighten up a three-hour ceremony with that guy? But according to officials who spoke off the record, a lot of Academy members are upset Grazer gave Cohen the go-ahead because they feel that the red carpet is not the right place for promotional stunts. (Kind of ironic given the nature of celebrity and Hollywood in general; right, none of the stars there are interested in attracting attention to themselves or their projects!) "Do we have concerns?" said one Academy official. "Yes. Did we say, 'Please stunt the red carpet?' No. "Will he be coming as the Dictator? Only Sacha knows." [Contact Music] [The Wrap]
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