03 Mar Hurt Locker Producer BARRED From Oscars
A Hurt Locker producer will not be allowed to attend the Academy Awards this Sunday. His crime? He was sending e-mails out to Academy voters telling them to vote for his movie for Best Picture. That is a big no-no.
The producer is Nicolas Chartier and IF the Hurt Locker does win for Best Picture, he will be able to get his award at a later date.
An executive meeting was called about this situation on Monday to barr him. He sent out the e-mail around Feb. 19th urging people to vote for his movie instead of a movie with a budget of $500 million, an obvious reference to it’s competition for Best Picture, “Avatar” by James Cameron.
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,” Chartier wrote.
The other producers will be able to attend the movie. The Los Angeles Times broke the story on the e-mail and published it.