A producer of one of this year's 10 Best Picture nominees has found himself in some trouble after some negative emails surfaced. The Associated Press is reporting that The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier has apologized for the negative emails he sent out regarding James Cameron's Avatar.
The emails that Chartier wrote asked Academy members to vote for his film instead of, "a $500 million film," which referenced Avatar and later emails asked voters to rank The Hurt Locker first and Avatar 10th in the new preferential voting system. Over the weekend, Chartier apologized for those remarks.
"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," Chartier wrote in an e-mail obtained by The Associated Press. "Being nominated for an academy Award is the ultimate honor and I should have taken the time to read the rules."
It was also reported that the emails violated Academy rules, which bans any mailings that, "attempt to promote any film or achievement by casting a negative light on a competing film or achievement," according to Academy rep Leslie Unger. The Academy could punish Chartier for the rule violation, which could include taking away his Oscar tickets or not extending an invitation to join the Academy, but it was believed that the punishment wouldn't be announced until after the Oscar voting has completed, which ends tomorrow at 5 PM PST.