The Hurt Locker producer banned from Oscars
If the movie “The Hurt Locker” wins the Oscar for best picture Sunday during the Academy Awards, one of the films producers, Nicolas Chartier, will not be allowed to accept the award on stage.
In fact, he won’t even be allowed in the building. Academy Award executives are banning Chartier from the ceremony, they announced in a statement.
Chartier is accused of sending emails to academy members trying to persuade them to vote for “The Hurt Locker” instead of “Avatar.”
The L.A. Times published an email Chartier sent to academy members. It’s posted below.
“I hope all is well with you. I just wanted to write you and say I hope you liked Hurt Locker and if you did and want us to win, please tell (name deleted) and your friends who vote for the Oscars, tell actors, directors, crew members, art directors, special effects people, if everyone tells one or two of their friends, we will win and not a $500M film, we need independent movies to win like the movies you and I do, so if you believe The Hurt Locker is the best movie of 2010, help us! I’m sure you know plenty of people you’ve worked with who are academy members whether a publicist, a writer, a sound engineer, please take 5 minutes and contact them. Please call one or two persons, everything will help!”
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