‘Hurt Locker’ producer in hot water for breaking Oscar rules

Trouble in the Oscars occurred after a producer sent a letter that violates the award-giving body’s campaign rules.the-hurt-locker

Nicholas Chartier, producer of The Hurt Locker, issued last week a letter that contains the following passage: “… if everyone tells one or two of their friends, we will win and not a $500M film, we need independent movies to win like the movies you and I do, so if you believe The Hurt Locker is the best movie of 2010, help us! …”

Chartier probably realized what he has done and issued a second letter, Wednesday, February 24. It contains an apology for his previous letter’s inappropriate content.

Academy Award PR Leslie Unger later informed that there will be no comments or actions regarding the case until after the ballots close 5PM on Tuesday, March 2. What is sure as of the moment is that the first letter is indeed a violation.

Previous violations were given penalties ranging from losing some tickets to the awards night show to the banning of people behind a film from becoming members of the academy.

The film is a big contender for top honors following sweeping victories from other award-giving bodies that have already handed out accolades.

Awards night is on Sunday, March 7.