'Hurt Locker' producer banned from Oscars
Breaking news from Oscar-land: The Academy has issued a press release this afternoon confirming that "Hurt Locker" producer Nicolas Chartier has been denied attendance to this Sunday's Academy Awards.
Chartier is the man responsible for sending a frowned-upon e-mail to Academy voters, urging them to campaign for a "Hurt Locker" victory in the best picture category instead of a win for a "$500 M film," a blatant reference to sci-fi juggernaut "Avatar."
According to the press release, "Academy rules prohibit 'casting a negative or derogatory light on a competing film.' The executive committee of the Academy’s Producers Branch, at a special session late Monday, ruled that the ethical lapse merited the revocation of Chartier’s invitation to the Awards."
Chartier -- who has apologized for his electronically disseminated error -- has not been stripped of his nominee status. If "Hurt Locker" wins the Big Trophy, he will receive his Oscar statuette at a later date. The question is whether that can still happen. The deadline for submitting final ballots is 5 p.m. today, so the timing of this couldn't be worse for a film that's certainly deserving of serious best picture consideration.
| March 2, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
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