How sad is this? Your movie finally scores big with a best picture Oscar nomination, and the Academy bars you from the show!
Here’s the scoop: Producer Nicolas Chartier wrote an email to friends asking them to vote for his war movie ‘The Hurt Locker’ over the “$500 million film” (meaning ‘Avatar’). Thus, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has denied the producer entry to the show this Sunday, saying he violated the Academy’s strict campaigning rules.
According to a press release, “Academy rules prohibit casting a negative or derogatory light on a competing film.” The Academy stopped short of rescinding the nomination, and if ‘Hurt Locker’ wins best picture, director Kathryn Bigelow and producer Greg Shapiro will be onstage to collect the award. Chartier will still receive his Oscar following the ceremonies.
Well, you know what? You’ve gotta follow the rules, dude. Otherwise, it could get pretty nasty if everyone was disparaging everyone else’s film. That’s just the way it goes. Chartier did apologize for his email in a statement last week, noting, “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.”