Borat, Sascha Baron Cohen

Twentieth Century Fox

We have nothing against this year's Oscars. In fact, we're pretty pumped about the pairing of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as the hosts.

That said, our curiosity is piqued about what we might be facing had first-time producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic gotten final say. Sacha Baron Cohen was their first pick, the So You Think You Can Dance judge revealed on NPR's Fresh Air.

That's right—the Oscars were nearly led by Borat, Brüno, Ali G or a rip-roarin' combination of the man and his many characters.

But it was not to be. When they told the Academy, they "swatted it down," Shankman said. "They thought it was too big of a wild card. They thought it was just too unpredictable."

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