Sacha Baron Cohen is sure a good sport -- he just laughed off the news that Oscar chiefs nixed the request of telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman to have him host. He's agreed to appear as a presenter.
That reminds us to wonder: Was the Academy wrong to shoot down an anti-establishment rascal like Cohen in favor of two old establishment veterans like Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin? Don't the Oscars want to spotlight the razor edge of today's sharpest talent? What are they afraid of? That Cohen might dress up as Bruno to bestow the costume or makeup awards?
Face it. Martin and Baldwin seem like a rather ho-hum alternative, don't you agree? I'm optimistic that they'll do a good job and I'm looking forward to seeing them take the stage, but I'm disappointed that we got cheated out of seeing what Borat would've done if he'd gotten his crazy clutches on Hollywood's sacred cow. He would've strangled it, of course, but he'd probably give us one of the most outrageous -- and brilliant -- Oscarcasts ever. A shame. The Oscars exist as a celebration of artists who take racy chances and rattle the status quo. Why can't Hollywood's Golden Boy do that himself?
Photo credits: "Borat" (Universal), Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences