Sacha's Oscars skit scrapped?
Published 04/03/2010 | 13:26
Sacha Baron Cohen won't be presenting at the Oscars - after bosses were reportedly concerned that he'd perform a satirical sketch of Avatar.
Organisers confirmed the British comedian won't be appearing on Hollywood's biggest stage following claims producers said no to the skit - co-written by the Bruno star and performed with Ben Stiller - poking fun at James Cameron's Oscar-nominated sci-fi blockbuster.
Sacha's publicist, Matt Labov, told New York magazine: "I hate to use the term, because it's so ubiquitous, but there were creative differences - nothing acrimonious, but both sides felt that since they couldn't agree, Cohen might as well remain in London."
Sacha was expected to join Tinseltown stars Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron in handing out statuettes.
Earlier, Nicolas Chartier, a producer of war film The Hurt Locker, was banned from attending the Academy Awards because of emails he sent urging academy members to vote for his movie.
Hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, the 82nd Academy Awards take place on March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.