Academy Awards threatens to ban Sacha Baron Cohen


(JTA) — Actor Sacha Baron Cohen reportedly will be banned from the Academy Awards if he comes dressed on the red carpet as the title character from his upcoming film "The Dictator."

Paramount’s awards staff said Baron Cohen would not receive his tickets to the Oscars unless he assures the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ahead of time that he will not arrive in costume and not promote his movie on the red carpet, Deadline Hollywood reported. The awards ceremony is set for Sunday at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Baron Cohen has a part in the Best Picture-nominated film "Hugo." His plan was to come to the Oscars dressed as the Dictator character and change into a tuxedo for the awards show.

He declined a request to be a presenter at the Oscars because he could not do it in character as Borat, a character from a previous film, according to Deadline Hollywood.

"The Dictator" is a spoof about a Middle Eastern dictator that is set to be released in May.

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