Hurt Locker Producer is Banned from This Year’s Oscar
This could be called an example of throwing a stone than it hit you back. Just ask The Hurt Locker producer, Nicolas Chartier.
As decided by Oscar oversees Tuesday, Chartier is not allowed to attend Sunday’s Academy Awards, as a result of his action sending an e-mail to Academy Award voters urging them to name his movie as best film.
It was started February 19, when Chartier sent an e-mail to some academy members asking for their support for The Hurt Locker, not a “$500 million film” — an obvious reference to blockbuster best-picture contender Avatar. He also asked Oscar voters to rank The Hurt Locker at No. 1 and Avatar at No. 10 among this year’s expanded best-picture lineup of 10 films.
The executive committee of the producers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences imposed the penalty on Chartier, who violated Oscar rules that prohibit mailings promoting a film and disparaging another. The Academy punished him by stripping him of his Oscar ticket, but Chartier will receive an Oscar at a later date if The Hurt Locker wins best picture.
Aware of his mistakes, Chartier wrote another e-mail apologizing, “My naivete, ignorance of the rules and plain stupidity as a first-time nominee is not an excuse for this behavior and I strongly regret it.” The penalty against Chartier does not affect the other three producers (director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal and Greg Shapiro), who are free to attend the Oscars. The movie’s distributor Summit Entertainment had no comment on the Academy’s decision.
Hmm… we think it’s a pretty fair punishment. So let’s just make the competition fair and clean, shall we?