Morning Links: Sacha Baron Cohen Still Welcome At Oscars, Jessica Simpson Preps For Baby Girl

● The Academy has spoken, sort of: Sacha Baron Cohen will not be banned from Sunday night’s ceremony, but his Dictator character will not be welcomed. "We don’t think it’s appropriate," said their spokesperson, who reassures that his tickets "haven’t been pulled." Not yet, at least. [THR]

● Could Britney Spears be cast to The X Factor‘s judges panel? We could certainly be counted on to watch at least one episode, if so. [People]

● Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg, and a few of their friends generously scrounged up enough change to help the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures buy the iconic ruby slippers from 1939’s Wizard of Oz. [Us]

● A very pregnant Jessica Simpson was seen buying up all the pink baby clothes at a baby boutique in L.A. — there must be little girl on the way! [People]

● According to The-Dream, it was Rihanna’s idea to offer Chris Brown a verse on the remix of "Birthday Cake," a song he originally wrote. "When she raised the question to me, I know she’s not crazy," he explained to MTV. "It’s easy to kinda throw Chris under the bus all the time, but c’mon, man. OK, we get it" [RapFix]

● Elton John’s husband, David Furnish, confirms that Sir Elton has spoken with Justin Timberlake about starring in his bioepic. [E!]

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