There are always Academy Awards moments to reminisce over, but one in particular from Sunday night really leaves the others in its dust (pun totally intended). The 84th Academy Awards felt a little, well – all over the place this year from it’s interesting array of films to the ashes being poured on Ryan Seacrest’s tuxedo. That’s right, the regular E! red carpet host was drowned in what we now know was pancake mix by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
Except the British comic wasn’t really himself Sunday night. Cohen made an appearance as his new Dictator character, Admiral General Aladeen. He was sandwiched between two female guards and was dressed in, “John Galliano and K-Mart.” Not to mention he was carrying around the remains of his ”dear friend and doubles tennis partner,” fellow dictator Kim Jong Il, in an urn.
It’s not out of the ordinary for Cohen to dress up at award shows. Who could forget his entrance during the 2009 MTV Movie Awards where he quite literally flew in with large white wings as the infamous gay Austrian, Bruno. The organizers of this Oscars night were a bit wary of his previous doings and even made it a point to kick him out if he pulled a stunt, which seemed inevitable. We all know how that turned out. One second Cohen is being interviewed by Seacrest, the next the Kim Jong’s urn is upended onto Seacrest’s jacket and pants.
After the shenanigans took place on the red carpet, Academy president Tom Sherak and Oscars show producer Brian Grazer went to Cohen’s dressing room to make sure he would not be disrupting the rest of the classy night with his surprises. Sherak told TheWrap on Monday, “My only concern, and Brian’s only concern, was what would happen inside the theater.” He continued, “So Brian and I went down to talk to him – and when we got there, he was Sacha Baron Cohen. He wasn’t in character. And he looked us in the eye and said, ‘I’ve done this, and now I’m going to the Oscars.’ We said ‘thank you,’ we left, and that’s the way it was. We just had to hear it from him.”
The only person who seemed put out by the trick was Donald Trump, who said, “I thought it was a disgrace. That security guard on the right was pathetic. He wouldn’t work for me for 15 seconds. That guy. They should have pummeled him. Pummeled him to the ground.” But luckily Cohen was able to attend the ceremony and left the night up to nine time Oscars host Billy Crystal.
Meanwhile, Seacrest was going with the flow. His co-host Giuliana Rancic teased,”Do you know how lucky you are? You are the chosen one on the red carpet.” Seacrest responded jokingly, “Is this a vision of luck?”
I half hoped someone would have asked the popular phrase of the red carpet, ” So, who are you wearing tonight?”
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