For a guy with over twenty Oscar nominations, you’d think Woody Allen would make a point to show up to the ceremony more than once in his life. So what gives? Where in the world is Woody Allen, and why can’t he throw on a tux for the night? For years, rumors circulated that Allen skipped the Oscars because he plays clarinet with his New York jazz band every Monday, and he refuses to miss a gig. But after doing further research, it appears that Allen is just anti-awards shows, saying, “The whole concept of awards is silly. I cannot abide by the judgment of other people, because if you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don’t.” So there’s the answer — like it or not. Watch below to see the only time Woody Allen showed up — and it was to celebrate New York — not himself.
Though I seem to be the only person on the planet that doesn’t understand the humor behind Sacha Baron Cohen’s characters, I must confess that his red carpet prank made me laugh. He showed up to the Oscars in full “Dictator” character, and then poured an urn full of ashes over Ryan Seacrest’s head, saying, “When someone asks you what you are wearing, tell them Kim Jong Il.” I have to give Oscar producer Brian Grazer a lot of credit for giving “The Dictator” a ticket to the ceremony. After all, all these red carpet clowns are playing some kind of character, his is just the funniest. Watch below.