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Inspired or boring? — SURVEY

Inspired or boring?  — SURVEY

They can’t say they weren’t ready. In the days leading up to the Oscars, the Academy initially tried to prevent Sacha Baron Cohen from arriving on the red carpet in full General Aladeen costume to promote his latest comedy. The dictator. But the controversial comic actor, no stranger to awards stunts, came out on top (the Wadiya Republic leader claimed “victory” late last week when Oscars producer Brian Grazer gave the green light) and appeared on the red carpet of the ceremony. Sunday, the 84th annual Academy Awards.

But the big question the day after this madness is: Did you find yourself laughing or grimacing because of it all? (Cohen, of course. Although that could apply to the show itself.) It’s safe to say that red carpet liaison Ryan Seacrest wasn’t very amused by the antics of the Cohen’s latest troublemaker, General Aladeen, especially when he threw the “ashes” of the late dictator Kim Jong-il all over his tuxedo. Look at him to be the judge, and because you can’t were not I’m going to see it again:

There’s no doubt that Cohen’s latest stunt was successful in that it got people talking, but will all this chatter actually translate into a box office win when the film opens on May 11 or is- will the piece tire by then? With the exception of Meryl Streep’s tantrum, it was an Oscars ceremony completely devoid of big moments (and that really tells you something when the biggest shock of the night was that Meryl Streep was awarded for her work) , and Cohen was one of the few stars to actually shake things up. And just like the red carpet pioneers before him (don’t think we’ve forgotten you, Trey Parker and Matt Stone), his jaw-dropping red carpet routine may be remembered as the funniest thing and the most daring of this year’s Oscars.

Again, some might see this as a strange turn on the part of Cohen, who has made more of an effort to not follow the path of controversial comedy (see: his serious turn in Hugo) since 2009 Bruno. Plus, we know what’s coming: a print of General Aladeen could be as old as a Borat printing in record time.

But tell us, PopWatchers, what did you think of Cohen’s latest effort? Was it effective in the sense that it caught people’s attention and made them want to laugh? The dictator in theaters? Or did it all seem outdated and out of place? Did this diminish the Oscar class in some sense or, for a year that seemed particularly self-congratulatory, was it just what the Academy needed to bring it back a few points? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

For more from the Academy Awards, watch live behind-the-scenes video from the awards show on Oscar.com.

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s dictator spreads ‘ashes’ on Ryan Seacrest — VIDEO

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EW’s 2012 Oscars coverage