‘The Hurt Locker’ Producer Nicolas Chartier Banned from Oscar Ceremony Celebration

The producer is being penalized after negative emails he wrote about ‘Avatar’ to Academy members came to light.
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‘The Hurt Locker’ Producer Nicolas Chartier Banned from Oscar Ceremony Celebration

The Hurt Locker producer talks trash, gets banned. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that, should The Hurt Locker be announced as the recipient of the Best Picture award at Sunday's ceremonies, only three of the picture's producers will be present for the celebration. The fourth of the film's credited producers, Nicolas Chartier, has been denied attendance at the 82nd Academy Awards as a penalty for violating Academy campaigning standards.

Chartier had recently disseminated an email to certain Academy voters and other film industry figures in which he solicited votes for his own picture and disparaged one of the other contending films. 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.

The group stopped short of recommending that the Academy governors rescind Chartier's nomination. If The Hurt Locker were to be selected as Best Picture, Chartier would receive his Oscar statuette at some point subsequent to the March 7 ceremonies.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

The Hurt Locker was released June 26th, 2009.

Sources: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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  • shuabert • 5 years ago

    @gallagher: We are now!

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    • gallagher • 5 years ago

      Ah @clarkparker. It's been awhile, hasn't it? Are we even MW friends on here yet?

      Good point about Cameron and the Illuminati. I've got Robert Langdon on speed-dial. I'll give him a ring poste-haste!

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      • drewski37 • 5 years ago

        cma's or nashville...i couldnt remember... maybe it was nashville...ohwell....

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        • drewski37 • 5 years ago

          i would just flip them the bird and say f*you sounds like they are doing to him what the cma 's did to johnny cash which he came up with the bird flipping classic photo....

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          • narrator • 5 years ago

            Lol Josh. I wouldn't be surprised. And second in command of course is Morgan Freeman.

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            • azador • 5 years ago

              @Spynet: It's Oscar worthy for it's visual effects, but not for it's storytelling. It will likely win best visual effects but I'm not holding my breath for a Best Picture win.

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              • spynet315 • 5 years ago

                I enjoyed the action of Avatar, but I do not see how it is an Oscar worthy film.

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                • emmytt • 5 years ago

                  who cares Avatar sucks

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                  • johnnyblaze09 • 5 years ago

                    At least there's a chance on Nicolas and the Academy was right, them should follow rules to make all in there fair, nice sample. And I laughed at Josh's comment below... not the PS...

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                    • 2movieguys • 5 years ago

                      WOW!!

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                      • shuabert • 5 years ago

                        I bet James Cameron is the leader of the Illuminati.

                        PS: Nice to see you around here, Gallagher!

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                        • gallagher • 5 years ago

                          @zanyzap The Hurt Locker's chances haven't been hurt at all, which is why they decided on his punishment after the balloting had ended. It's just that this d-bag doesn't get to go to the awards. They should ban him from all the after-parties too, make him really hurt:)

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                          • narrator • 5 years ago

                            Zany and sweeney have it done right. It's just good old fashion sh*t talking. I mean he's worried that they hype of Avatar will out-shadow his film and he tried to do something about it, in a rather baboon way. But its normal. If JC did this, I doubt it would happen.

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                            • brian • 5 years ago

                              @sweeneyfan1 = You speak the truth!

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                              • warhawk613 • 5 years ago

                                Avatar is my first choice and The Blind Side is my second choice for Best Picture.

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                                • avian005 • 5 years ago

                                  My question is, what will Pixar do?

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                                  • soylentgreen • 5 years ago

                                    ZanyZap said it best.

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                                    • sweeneyfan1 • 5 years ago

                                      if this was the other way around, i dont think this sh*t would be going down!

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                                      • ejk1 • 5 years ago

                                        Zany's right. This is no different than trash-talking in sports. Or politics, for that matter.

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                                        • brian • 5 years ago

                                          @zanyzap you are correct. And yeah, that is the essence of Hollywood. I'm actually quite surprised how big a deal they're making of all this. He's basically a spammer!

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