Viscount appears as Ali G against Academy's orders
Comedy lord asked to present Best Picture nominee as himself
but ditches coronet for goatee in disabled toiletsViscount Monckton revealed his appearance as an Arab Oil flack at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony was in defiance of the Academy’s request for him not to appear in character.
The noble comedian said he intended to appear as his comic alter ego, Sacha, Baron Cohen, but “The Oscars sat me down beforehand, and said they wanted me to actually just present myself, as a soft coal apologist ” Monckton said in an interview with ITV’s Good Morning programme. “ But luckily my sister in law Nigella had an Ali G beard in her purse for the afterparty.”
The BBC domestic goddess said they shut themselves in the bathroom for 40 minutes applying the goatee, fending off paparazzi by claiming the noble lord had food poisoning. Monckton said he had been concerned about the response, “but I bumped into Al Gore on the way on and pitched him the gig and he gave me the thumbs up, so I went for it”.
Monckton won acclaim for his diversity debate stint on stage, in which Ali G poked fun at himself as “just another token black gold presenter” , and described the kidnap thriller Room as:
“a movie about a roomful of rednecks trapped in a coal mine.”
Monckton in UKIP uniform at his 2012 Oscar bid.At the 2012 Oscars, Lord Monckton appeared in character as The Great UKIP Dictator lead, and dumped an urn of ersatz Kim Jong-Il ashes over Dame Angela Jolie's date , who this year refused to speak to him.