The AMPAS has decided to punish producer Chartier for asking his friends and contacts to ask Academy members — if they thought The Hurt Locker was the best film of the year to help get out the vote. So, his tickets are revoked:
ACADEMY PENALIZES AGGRESSIVE CAMPAIGNER
Beverly Hills, CA ‚Äî The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that, should ‚ÄúThe Hurt Locker‚Äù be announced as the recipient of the Best Picture award at Sunday‚Äôs ceremonies, only three of the picture‚Äôs producers will be present for the celebration. The fourth of the film‚Äôs credited producers, Nicolas Chartier, has been denied attendance at the 82nd Academy Awards¬Æ 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 ‚Äúcasting a negative or derogatory light on a competing film.‚Äù The executive committee of the Academy‚Äôs Producers Branch, at a special session late Monday, ruled that the ethical lapse merited the revocation of Chartier‚Äôs invitation to the Awards.
The group stopped short of recommending that the Academy governors rescind Chartier‚Äôs nomination. If ‚ÄúThe Hurt Locker‚Äù were to be selected as Best Picture, Chartier would receive his Oscar¬Æ statuette at some point subsequent to the March 7 ceremonies.
MEH. I don’t even want to go there and I thought the Academy wasn’t going there until 5pm today. Cue the moral superiority comments. Eye-roll. So Chartier will not get to go to the Oscars. And should The Hurt Locker win, Chartier will always carry around with him the sting of this “punishment.” And appealing to Academy members through every other orifice will go on business as usual. It’s a good thing someone is keeping an out for the cheaters, huh?
And bwahahaha at this line, “Academy rules prohibit ‚Äúcasting a negative or derogatory light on a competing film.‚Äù