Before we get to our roundtable, Nikki Finke’s post from today:
Summit through its flacks have asked LA Times blogger Pete Hammond to forward even one of the emails mentioned today, but the blogger has refused. His reason? It would “violate the confidentiality” of the recipient who is the producer’s personal acquaintance “so Chartier would know who it is” if¬†made public.¬†I have not seen¬†these personal emails myself. I do think, however, that¬†the Los Angeles Times should have explained in its posting that there was no other mass mailing to Oscar voters by Chartier.¬†It makes a difference. Because can you imagine¬†if Hollywood’s private correspondence about the Oscar pics were monitored by the Academy Awards rules police?
By the way, Summit expects that, if Chartier is to be disciplined by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for that February 19th mass mailing email, it won’t happen until after the voting period ends. (See my previous, Academy May Discipline ‘The Hurt Locker’)
I don’t think Pete should have to reveal his sources, but I do think everyone should be aware that someone gave him that information for maximum embarrassment.
Meanwhile, I sent out an email to our wise roundtable crew. I did extend one to Pete Hammond, but he has not responded yet. Here are the participants:
Damien Bona, Inside Oscar
Steve Pond, The Wrap
Anne Thompson, Indiewire, Thompson on Hollywood
Mark Harris, New York Magazine, Pictures at a Revolution
Jeff Wells, Hollywood-Elsewhere
Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
Craig Kennedy, Living in Cinema
Ryan Adams, Awards Daily