Britney Spears has reportedly been barred from the Oscars this weekend.
The pop babe is among a host of stars including Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson that organisers have snubbed in a bid to prevent the evening turning into a “downmarket scrum”.
A source told Britain’s Daily Star newspaper: “Britney would have wanted her entourage with her but the Academy wanted to keep things as tight and as highbrow as possible.
“They plan to focus on those people who have worked in the film industry for years – not people who are merely celebrities in other areas.”
But sources say the decision to ban certain stars is down to the fact that Hollywood’s Kodak theatre holds less than half the capacity of previous venue, the Shrine Auditorium and claim that even high-profile stars are struggling to secure tickets for Sunday’s (27.02.05) event.