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Sacha Baron Cohen posts video response to Oscars controversy (+video)

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(Read caption) Sacha Baron Cohen, star of the upcoming movie 'The Dictator,' says the Academy will face 'unimaginable consequences' if he doesn't get his tickets back. The Academy says he has them.

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Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has released a video in character as his “Dictator” persona Admiral General Aladeen, saying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has until noon on Sunday to give him his Oscar tickets back. Following rumors he planned to walk the red carpet in character as Aladeen, there were some reports that the Academy had banned Cohen from the ceremony Sunday evening.

But the organization behind the Oscars says Cohen has not been officially banned, with Academy president Tom Sherak telling The Wrap this morning that Cohen has his tickets.

“We want him to come to the show,” he said in an interview. “But we would like him to come as Sacha.”

Sherak did not say in the interview with The Wrap if any action would take place if Cohen arrived in costume as Aladeen.

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