Sacha Baron Cohen as Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen from The Dictator
Go figure: the Dictator got his way.
Sacha Baron Cohen is, in fact, welcome at the Oscars on Sunday, despite earlier word that the Academy was turning him away because of his plan to attend the ceremony in character as "Dictator" Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen from his latest film.
"VICTORY IS OURS! Today the Mighty Nation of Wadiya triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood," the "Dictator" Tweeted Friday. "Evil and all those who made Satan their protector were vanquished and driven into the Pacific Sea. What I am trying to say here is that the Academy have surrendered and sent over two tickets and a parking pass!"
The post was followed by a photo of Cohen in character, waving two tickets to the Oscars ceremony and a golden pistol.
"We absolutely respect him as an artist and he's allowed to come," Academy Awards producer Brian Grazer told Access Hollywood. "He's coming."
Before news came out that Cohen would indeed make an appearance during Hollywood's biggest night, the actor in character as the Dictator, released a video statement expressing his "outrage at being banned" by the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Zionists." He threatened "unimaginable consequences" if he wasn't allowed to attend – and wished host Billy Crystal good luck.
The 84th Academy Awards will air live from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.