Cohen's Capers Not Welcome at Oscars
Call him Borat, Bruno, Ali G or General Aladeen, everyone's familiar with Sacha Baron Cohen's shenanigans and impersonations. However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences does not want the Hugo star to cut up at the Oscars this Sunday. They're so serious about Cohen behaving that they've issued a warning that he should not, under any circumstances, show up in his new alter ego, General Aladeen, his new character for the upcoming film The Dictator. Hugo is nominated for a whopping 11 Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture, and Cohen should be allowed to attend. But he's expressed interest in at least walking the red carpet as the General. The Academy is ready to rescind his invitation if that's the case, E! Online reports. "We've made our position clear to Mr. Cohen's team," an Academy rep tells E! News. "We'd love to have him at the show, but the ball is in his court. The position we took was, 'We would not like you to do this,'" the rep said. "We're just waiting to hear back from him. We'd love to have him at the show, to have him celebrate with the rest of the Hugo team, and we're just waiting." There has been no confirmation of whether or not Cohen plans to play nice in formal wear or dictate to the Oscars that their warning fell on deaf ears.