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Oscar scandal roundup: Sacha Baron Cohen cut from presenter list, 'Hurt Locker' sued


Sacha Baron Cohen (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

It wouldn't be a proper Academy Awards without some last-minute controversies, right?

· Sacha Baron Cohen has been mysteriously dropped as an awards presenter, reports New York magazine, whose sources say producers feared his "Avatar"-inspired gag would offend James Cameron. The comedian's rep acknowledged "creative differences. Nothing acrimonious."

· Master Sgt. Jeffrey S. Sarver, an Army bomb-disposal expert, is suing makers of "The Hurt Locker," saying they borrowed his life story without permission. Screenwriter Mark Boal denies he based the lead character entirely on Sarver, the Associated Press reports, but the film's distributor said it hopes for "a quick resolution" to his claims.

By The Reliable Source  |  March 5, 2010; 1:00 AM ET
 
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>Sacha Baron Cohen has been mysteriously dropped as an awards presenter, reports New York magazine, whose sources say producers feared his "Avatar"-inspired gag would offend James Cameron....<

Good. He's offensive to pretty near everyone who is sane.

Posted by: Alex511 | March 5, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Good - he's a jerk and not funny (IMHO).

Posted by: rlj1 | March 5, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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