In the kind of high profile U-turn normally associated with actual diplomatic and political situations, Oscars producer Brian Grazer has admitted to Extra that The Dictator has won:
We’re excited to have him here. There’s going to be a piece with Sacha Baron Cohen in our Oscar presentation. And we’re thrilled to have him and he’ll be on the red carpet, I guess dressed as The Dictator… unless he changes his mind at the last minute. We don’t know.
As you’d expect, The Dicatator has posted an update to his Facebook page, an image and a celebratory statement:
VICTORY IS OURS! Today the Mighty Nation of Wadiya triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood. 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! TODAY OSCAR, TOMORROW OBAMA!
Right, so this gives Cohen a great platform. I hope he has something sharp, surprising and biting lined up.