Sacha Baron Cohen just kicked the 2012 Academy Awards in the ash.

Arriving on the red carpet dressed as Admiral Aladeed - his character from The Dictator - the actor chatted up E!'s Ryan Seacrest for a bit before bringing attention to the urn in his hands, which Cohen said contained the ashes of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il.

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Following a three-hour ceremony that felt about 16 times as long, the following actors, actresses and movies took home Academy Award gold this evening:

Best Cinematography: HugoBest Art Direction: HugoBest Costume Design: The ArtistBest Makeup: The Iron LadyBest Foreign Language: A SeparationBest Supporting Actress: Octavia SpencerBest Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon TattooBest Sound Editing: HugoBest Sound Mixing: Hugo

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Sacha Baron Cohen not been banned from The Academy Awards. Not yet at least.

But the actor is in hot water with the organization because he wants to walk the red carpet dressed as the main character from The Dictator, a Middle Eastern leader named General Aladeen. The Academy is less than enthused over this plan.

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Jennifer Lawrence woke up bright and very early this morning to help announce the nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards, which will be hosted by Billy Crystal and air live from Hollywood on February 26.

With The Descendants and The Artist leading the way, take a look below at the nominees in all the major categories...

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Veteran actor Billy Crystal has announced he is replacing Eddie Murphy as host of the 2012 Oscars. It will be his ninth time at the helm of Hollywood's biggest night.

"Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions," the 63-year-old Crystal tweeted.

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Next year's Oscar nominations have yet to be announced, but this has: Eddie Murphy has stepped down as host of the 84th Academy Awards, according to reports.

The actor's announcement comes one day after Tower Heist director Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the program. The 50-year-old said in a statement:

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