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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 03/ 2/2010

'Hurt Locker' producer banned from Oscars

By Jen Chaney

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.

By Jen Chaney  | March 2, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
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This is kind of a lame situation. I've seen the Hurt Locker because I wanted to see it. I have not seen Avatar because I care less about it. I have PTSD, I don't have a glow in the dark penis, so the former movie actually matters to me, the latter does not.

Posted by: Nymous | March 2, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this should effect "the Hurt Lockers" if he wins someone else like Katherine Bigelow should accept it, the movie deserves it's praise.

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Posted by: qitkonlyyou | March 2, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

OK, what the guy did with the e-mail was stupid, but is it any different from what the Weinsteins used to do with all the ammo they'd throw behind Oscar campaigns? (Exhibit A: "Shakespeare in Love" wins over "Saving Private Ryan.")

It's no longer about art, it's a popularity contest. (Or maybe it always was a popularity contest but I used to hope it was more.)

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | March 2, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

td, were the Weinsteins derogatory toward their films' competitors (as Chartier was toward "Avatar"), or merely aggressive in promoting their own movies? Please forgive my ignorance, but I'm curious (would you believe nosy?).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 2, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Everyone who hasn't served hails hurt locker as an honest portrayal of the war in Iraq; everyone who HAS served thinks its a piece of shi*.
It doesn't even deserve to be nominated; therefor it deserves to lose, and all this drama is a waste of time.

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Posted by: nikejordans1 | March 3, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

What did the producer say about the film that was derogatory?

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 3, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I blame Kornheiser. On his show a few weeks ago, he said that an old friend of his with whom he went to summer camp is one of the producers of The Hurt Locker. He was wondering if he would see his friend on the Oscar broadcast. Then came his unpleasantness with Hannah Storm...and the appology. Now we have an appology from Chartier. I call this "The Kornheiser Effect." It the opposite of "The Grudin Effect," named after his replacement on Monday Night Football, which enjoyed a ratings boost after Kornheiser left.

Blame Mr. Tony.

Posted by: mdreader01 | March 3, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Banned... is that like blacklisted? I thought Hollyweird was liberal.

Posted by: whocares666 | March 3, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

this is so totally silly. A cat fight in Hollywood. Nothing captures Main Street USA better.

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Posted by: jdarby21 | March 6, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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