New York (ANI): Oscars producers wanted Sacha Baron Cohen to host
the upcoming 82nd Academy Awards show, but Academy turned down the
plan. At an interview with NPR's "Fresh Air," Oscars'' producer
Adam Shankman said Cohen was the original choice to host the gala
when he and co producer Bill Mechanic were sifting through profiles
of potential candidates.
The producers thought Cohen"s antics as a swishy fashionista in
"Bruno," a crazy Kazakhstan journalist in "Borat," and
hip-hop-happy Ali G, made him the perfect choice. However the idea
was nixed by the Academy. "The Academy swatted it down," the New
York Daily News quoted Shankman, the director of "Hairspray", as
He added: "They thought it was too big of a wild card." The
awards night slated for March 7 will be co-hosted by Steve Martin
and Alec Baldwin.