Sacha Baron Cohen: Actor's Appearance As Ali G At The Oscars Wasn't Supposed To Happen

Luke Norris

Sacha Baron Cohen has always been known to push the envelope, and things were certainly no different when he took the stage at the 88th annual Academy Awards this past Sunday. Dressed as one of his most famous characters, Ali G, Baron Cohen shocked the Oscars crowd as he and actress Olivia Wilde presented the Best Picture nominee, Room. However, Sacha's appearance as Ali G wasn't even supposed to happen.

"I don't think the Academy is racist at all, but I think there is institutional racism here."

"It's not intentional, but there needs to be affirmative action to get more people of color – Latinos and African Americans – in at every level of the industry, which they aren't. We're here in LA, with one of the biggest African American populations in America, and yet Hollywood is almost exclusively white."

"It's not intentional, but there needs to be affirmative action to get more people of color – Latinos and African Americans – in at every level of the industry, which they aren't. We're here in LA, with one of the biggest African American populations in America, and yet Hollywood is almost exclusively white."

"The Oscars sat me down beforehand and said they didn't want me to do anything out of order, they wanted me to actually just present it as myself."
"But luckily my wife put on the Ali G beard in the disabled toilets and I managed to get away with it."
"I actually bumped into Chris Rock on the way on and pitched him the gag. He gave me the thumbs-up, so I went for it."
"I is here representing all of them that's been overlooked. Will Smith, Idris Elbow, and of course that amazing black bloke from Star Wars… Darth Vader."

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