The Academy is concerned and resistant to promote studio-specific films during the telecast, choosing to keep the focus on the movies being celebrated at the ceremony. Their worries are not unwarranted, as the comedian has been known to use red carpets to promote his films. Cohen hit two different red carpets in full Borat gear to create hype for the film, "Borat."
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With Cohen's red carpet intentions unclear, Paramount -- the studio behind "Hugo" and "The Dictator" -- declined to comment on the controversy. The Academy has only confirmed that his tickets have not been pulled for the show, so viewers will just have to tune in and see if Sacha's spotted on the red carpet Sunday.
Megan Riley Lopez is a pop-culture writer who has covered events ranging from the Grammys to the Golden Globes. She has previously contributed to In Style magazine, and now writes for the Yahoo! Movies, omg! and Music. Her online writing has been featured internationally.
- Sacha Baron Cohen