Sacha Baron Cohen Ashes Ryan Seacrest in Lame Oscars Stunt (VIDEO)

Sacha Baron CohenAnd the award for the biggest loser at the 2012 Academy Awards goes to ... Sacha Baron Cohen. While he's pulled some pretty funny stunts in the past (remember the Ron Paul interview?), his move tonight at the 2012 Academy Awards was predictable at best and flat out lame by most assessments.

Dressed as Admiral General Aladeen from his upcoming movie The Dictator, Cohen carried an urn full of the "ashes" of Kim Jong-ll. "Ryan, hello! Death to the West," he said as he approached Ryan Seacrest. Then they proceeded to discuss his attire -- John Galliano with Kmart socks, he said. Playing along, Seacrest asked him if attending the show was a perk of being such a powerful dictator.

It could have been funny from there, but it wasn't.


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Cohen replied:

It gave me an opportunity to bring my dear friend and doubles tennis partner, Kim Jong-ll. It was his dream to come to the Oscars and be sprinkled over the red carpet and Halle Berry's chest again.

Then he pretended to trip and sent the ashes flying all over Seacrest. If you missed it, here's the whole ridiculous thing:

IF it had been a good stunt that would be one thing, but it wasn't even funny in the least. It just made you feel bad for Ryan Seacrest -- to have that crap all over his tux on the red carpet just sucks. He seems pretty peeved, though he manages to play it off, saying, "I had an idea something was coming, I didn't know in what fashion or form."

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Cohen is lucky Ryan is a pretty nice guy; someone else may have clocked him. Halle Berry, had she not had to cancel her appearance, may have done so if he'd actually tried it on her. That would have been funny.

Of course, this comes after the big brouhaha about whether Cohen was even going to be even admitted to the Oscars this year. Nothing like rubbing their faces in their error of letting him in. I'm sure he sees it as a coup in that at least he got some publicity for his film, which is clearly his goal. But in this case, I think he's driving more eyes to roll at him and his lame antics than driving people to want to see his new film.

What did you think of Sacha Baron Cohen dumping ashes on Ryan Seacrest -- funny or lame?

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