The producer behind the Oscar nominated movie The Hurt Locker is banned from attending the Academy Awards this Sunday because broke Oscar rules and urged his colleagues to vote for his movie.
Nicolas Chartier was left red faced when he was banned from the award show for sending an email to industry colleagues, urging the Academy members to vote for 'The Hurt Locker' in the Best Picture category before the ballot closed on March 2nd.
In the email, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, he wrote, "I hope you liked Hurt Locker and if you did and want us to win, please tell your friends who vote for the Oscars, if everyone tells one or two of their friends, we will win and not a $500 million film, we need independent movies to win."
Well his campaign ended up backfiring because even if 'The Hurt Locker' wins for best picture, he won't be there in person to see it. His email broke Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rules, which restrict campaigning to garner Oscars votes.
In a following email Chartier apologized, writing, "My email to you was out of line and not in the spirit of the celebration of cinema that this acknowledgement is... As passionate as I am about the film we made, this was an extremely inappropriate email to send, and something that the Academy strongly disapproves of in the rules. I truly apologize to anyone I have offended."
But his apology isn't enough because he's still banned from the show. A spokeswoman for the Academy says, "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."
Hey, rules are rules and we don't blame the Academy for being upset with him. What do you guys think? Should he have been banned from the show, even after apologizing?