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February 27th, 2012
01:02 PM ET

Only In America: Piers Morgan on the Academy Awards

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."

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  1. suzanne

    Christain Bale, born in Wales, had a father who was South African and an English mother. Hence his accent. You have a research team, don't you? And besides, your commentary was retarded, just like your program

    February 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Judy Jones

    Piers when you are up for a Emmy, I'm sure you will be bowing and scraping just like everyone else.
    The Oscars are not just an American event. I think the French enjoy it as well.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Holly C.

    While I agree with Bill Maher's politically and on other issues – Christianity is built on faith. The scriptures says,
    "To the unbeliever it is "foolishness" but to those who believe "it is the power of God!" "The fool has said in his heart there is no God." Please, Bill, don't critize people for their faith. Pierce, Larry King would not have allowed Bill Maher to go on talking as he did last night.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    – Wow Sara, you sure have the Midas touch! I admire you and your tnlaet so much I can't even put words to it without sounding like some kind of weird stalker or something! LOL! You and your sister are beautiful what a fun way to hone your craft! Is there anything you don't do amazingly well? I need to not be so completely jealous of all that you are accomplishing these days! Keep up the great work, it's very inspiring.

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    Billy:I'll use my aunt as an example. She is a craeer teacher. Since she got her Master's Degree in education, money hasn't really been an issue for her, but she spent several years making less than $25,000 a year working nine months out of the year. Her husband made about that same amount. Somehow, they managed to raise two kids and make a house payment off of that, yet still have enough money left over to live pretty well and put some away. She didn't file for unemployment during the summer (I don't even know if teachers can). She worked if she needed money. I don't think it's absurd to think that, adjusted for inflation, a summer-time construction worker who realistically makes $25,000 a year should be expected to do the same. Gosh, if that $25,000 a year construction worker goes and works three months of 30 hour weeks at $8.00 an hour, he's suddenly making more money a year than I do. Or, he can file for unemployment and make even more.

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