The Oscars are old-timey and kind of dumb. That’s the conclusion one could draw from the pot o’ ridiculous they’ve stirred up with Sacha Baron Cohen. Or they’re just big party poopers, which, for Hollywood, is just as bad.

Cohen, who stars in the multi-nominated film Hugo, had requested permission from the Academy to walk the red carpet dressed as the main character in his upcoming movie, The Dictator. In that film, he plays Supreme Leader Shabazz Aladeen who has promised to keep democracy far away from his country. (The website is genius.) The plan was for Cohen to enter the awards ceremony in costume and then change into a tuxedo.

According to Deadline Hollywood, which broke the story yesterday (that link also included in today’s Ticker), the Academy effectively banned the actor from the event by taking away his tickets because they feel the stunt would make a mockery of their fancypants soiree.

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