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Sacha Baron Cohen Back at Oscars

What’s an Oscar broadcast without a little controversy? The Academy will allow British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen to attend this year’s ceremony after all—even if he dresses as a dictator. Cohen plans to be dressed as Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, the fictional character from his upcoming movie The Dictator. He complained that the “gangsters” at the Academy had “banned” him, but Oscar producer Brian Grazer said Friday they are “thrilled” to have him, even if he is on the red carpet as a dictator. Cohen is one of the stars of Hugo, which is nominated for 11 Oscars.

February 25, 2012 9:09 AM