‘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.

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 and stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo. The film is directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

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Sources: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Comments (23)

  1. Josh

    @gallagher: We are now!

    5 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  2. Brian Gallagher

    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!

    5 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  3. Drewski37

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

    5 years agoby @drewski37Flag

  4. Drewski37

    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....

    5 years agoby @drewski37Flag

  5. the Narrator

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

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  6. ParkWilliams

    @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.

    5 years agoby @azadorFlag

  7. spynet315

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

    5 years agoby @spynet315Flag

  8. Emmytt

    who cares Avatar sucks

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  9. Johnnyblaze09

    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...

    5 years agoby @johnnyblaze09Flag

  10. Josh

    I bet James Cameron is the leader of the Illuminati.

    PS: Nice to see you around here, Gallagher!

    5 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  11. Brian Gallagher

    @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:)

    5 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  12. the Narrator

    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.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  13. Brian

    @sweeneyfan1 = You speak the truth!

    5 years agoby @brianFlag

  14. Warhawk613

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

    5 years agoby @warhawk613Flag

  15. Avian

    My question is, what will Pixar do?

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  16. Null and Void.

    ZanyZap said it best.

    5 years agoby @soylentgreenFlag

  17. sweeneyfan1

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

    5 years agoby @sweeneyfan1Flag

  18. ejk1

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

    5 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  19. Brian

    @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!

    5 years agoby @brianFlag

  20. ZanyZap

    Obviously, this guy sounds like a total asshat, but ladies and gentlemen, that's Hollywood. It's in the contract. And The Hurt Locker's chances should not be smashed because a nominee does a little, good old fashioned sh*t-talking. That's the whole point of competitions. Or, have I been misinformed?

    5 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  21. Jason27

    LOL! Noob! Got what you deserved! I doubt The Hurt Locker will win anyway.
    My bet is on Avatar... I know its so over hyped, but it really was an awesome film.

    5 years agoby @jason27Flag

  22. Brian

    Talk trash. Get banned. James Cameron wins again!

    5 years agoby @brianFlag

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