'Hurt Locker' producer is barred from Oscars

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Tbd-nicolaschartier030510 The Academy Awards are Sunday, so we should have some Oscar Juice*, don'tcha think? How about one of the producers for Best Picture favorite The Hurt Locker getting banned from the ceremony for lobbying for his flick?

Nicolas Chartier apparently sent e-mails to academy members imploring them to vote for his movie, the AP reports. Apparently the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences frowns on that, since it violates a rule prohibiting mailings promoting a film and disparaging another.

The Feb. 19 e-mail asked for members to support The Hurt Locker and not a "$500 million film" -- which shows Chartier is simply blue with envy. He apologized in a later e-mail, writing this "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." Too bad. If his horse wins, he'll get the Oscar later.He can still go to the after-party, though.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:22am]

    

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