It’s official: Sacha Baron Cohen will not be allowed to dress as his character from “The Dictator” at the Academy Awards.
As discussed in yesterday’s Oscars Diary, the actor (an Academy member and star of the nominated film “Hugo”) wanted to play his Admiral General Aladeen character at the show, but it was highly unlikely that the Academy would approve of the outrageous garb or the blatant promotion of his upcoming movie. And, as it turns out, they did not.
“We’ve made our position clear to Mr. Cohen’s team,” an Academy rep told 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.’”
Showing they have a sense of humor, Paramount – the studio distributing both “Hugo” and “The Dictator” – told Deadline, “Unless [the Academy is] assured that nothing entertaining is going to happen on the Red Carpet, the Academy is not admitting Sacha Baron Cohen to the show.”
Moving on – today, I continue my series of Oscar predictions (see Supporting Actress and Actor picks) with the season’s most hotly contested category: Best Actress. The nominees are (left to right above) Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs,” Viola Davis for “The Help,” Rooney Mara for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady” and Michelle Williams for “My Week with Marilyn.”
Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Oscar an astonishing 17 times. She has only won twice – for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Sophie’s Choice” – and hasn’t taken the trophy home in 20 years. Despite mixed reviews for “The Iron Lady,” Streep won the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Drama) last month and is definitely the favorite on paper. The Academy simply loves Meryl Streep.
However, if there is any justice in this world, the Oscar will go to either Viola Davis or Michelle Williams. The two actresses gave the most critically acclaimed performances of the year, and despite previous Oscar nominations, neither has won an Academy Award. Davis was nominated in 2008 for her 11-minute performance in “Doubt” and Williams was nominated for both “Brokeback Mountain” and “Blue Valentine.” Michelle also won a Golden Globe last month, taking home the Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) award.
So who is it going to be? I am calling an upset in this category and think critical acclaim for “The Help” and “Marilyn” will win out over Meryl’s impressive streak of nominations and losses. So I’m splitting my picks between Davis and Williams with an edge to Michelle for winning the Globe.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Viola Davis
WHO WILL WIN: Michelle Williams
Finally for today, I’d like to take a look at Oscars fashion. Not the stars that dazzled on the Academy Awards red carpet, but the stars whose dresses had viewers scratching their heads. From Angelina Jolie to Bjork, CelebTV presents some of the worst looks to ever appear on Hollywood’s biggest night.
Click Below to See the Oscars’ Biggest Fashion Fails
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