IMDB had the dirt:
As I predicted, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is penalizing The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier for violating Academy campaign standards by sending an email to his friends that promoted The Hurt Locker and dissed Avatar. Later at the Academy’s behest Chartier sent an apologetic letter. Should the movie win best picture, states AMPAS, Chartier will not be one of the producers ascending the platform to accept his award, because he will not be admitted to the Oscar ceremony. His ticket has been revoked. Three producers, Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal and Gregory Shapiro, would accept their gold statues. Chartier would still be able to pick up his award at a later date. The executive committee of the Academy’s producer’s branch voted on
What does it matter if Nick Chartier “Dissed” Avatar? He is up and running against a Goliath that even a sling and stone won’t fell. When football teams are in the in the playoffs or the Superbowl, talking trash is a given. “Violating Academy campaign standards by sending an email to his friends”…..I am on team Nicolas, did you see the word the press used? “FRIENDS”??!!It’s not like he sent in a slanderous, propaganda filled promotion that was sent to every member of the academy to sway their opinions. Now his tickets are revoked??
The LA times:
The decision comes on the heels of Chartier sending an e-mail message to a group of colleagues that included academy members asking them to choose the Summit Entertainment-distributed “The Hurt Locker” for best picture and “not the $500-million film” — a clear reference to “Avatar.”
Even if he did, its his rival? Why does it matter? People take bets constantly on who will win and lose, obviously the guys who worked on the Hurt locker weren’t expecting to get nominations, and the fact of the matter is, Avatar was FANTASTIC…But if it was in 2D and not visually innovative and stunning, the question here is…”Would Avatar even have been noticed by the Academy??”
The message was deemed in violation of the academy’s ban against creating a negative impression of a rival nominee.
Chartier subsequently apologized for his actions..
Next Time Boston Yells “Yankee’s Suck” I say we ban them from the world series….