Looking ahead to the weekend, on Friday Piers Morgan examined the film phenomenon that was this year's Academy Awards:
"Only in America would a silent Frenchman be waging war with a British battle-ax, a baseball nerd going toe to toe with an English thespian, and a Mississippi maid be preparing to take down a Scandinavian computer hacker."
But amongst all the international storylines that helped write the script for this year's Oscar weekend, it was the coming attractions from the Republic of Wadiya, that provided the most suspense and drama.
Initially banned from the event's famed red carpet, Sacha Baron Cohen was ultimately invited to attend – in character – as "The Dictator," the lead role in his upcoming film:
"Well, now the Academy has caved in. Oscars producer Brian Grazer tells 'Extra,' we're thrilled to have him," reported Morgan. "They may not know exactly what they're in for."
Proving he's equal parts soothsayer and interviewer, on Sunday the host of "Piers Morgan Tonight" watched his fellow countryman dump the "ashes" of former North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Il all over the tuxedo of E! host Ryan Seacrest.
Dressed in full regalia as the fictional General Aladeen, Cohen's stunt only served to cement the Oscar's as a night where everyone is playing a role, one way or another.
In the words of Morgan: "Only in America would some 40 million viewers drop everything to watch the most glamorous people on the planet weep, wail and grit their teeth while spending hundreds of millions of dollars in crazed pursuit of a nine inch gold plated bobble, itself worth just 500 dollars."