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"The Hurt Locker" Producer Jeopardizes Film's Oscar Chances

Posted: March 1st, 2010 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"The Hurt Locker" Producer Jeopardizes FilmSubmit Comment
With the Academy Awards just under a week away (March 7th), "The Hurt Locker" producer Nicolas Chartier might have just jeopardized the film's chances of winning the Best Picture Oscar.

Chartier violated the Academy's rule against sending mailings that "attempt to promote any film or achievement by casting a negative light on a competing film or achievement," said spokeswoman Leslie Unger, adding that the academy is considering taking action against the producer.

In one of the e-mails, Chartier encouraged voters to rank "The Hurt Locker" No. 1 and "Avatar" at No. 10 in the preferential ballot, which contains 10 films this year. After the academy alerted the film's distributor, Summit Pictures, Chartier apologized.

"My naivete, ignorance of the rules and plain stupidity as a first-time nominee is not an excuse for this behavior and I strongly regret it," Chartier said in an e-mail obtained by the AP. "Being nominated for an academy Award is the ultimate honor and I should have taken the time to read the rules."

The academy will announce its plans to discipline Chartier some time after Oscar voting closes Tuesday evening. Chartier could face public censure, not be allowed to attend the ceremony, or even have "The Hurt Locker" removed from contention.

Source: SeattlePi

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SpookyCupcakes writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:42:27 PM

"In one of the e-mails, Chartier encouraged voters to rank "The Hurt Locker" No. 1 and "Avatar" at No. 10 in the preferential ballot,"

Hahahaha that's something I'd f*cking do.
Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:43:02 PM

What a f*cking retard.
Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:44:13 PM

My guess (and I know people won't like this):

Avatar - top film (send your hate mail to COC's dead Mom's vag.).

The Hurt Locker - Top Director.
Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:46:21 PM

My retard comment was towards this Producer and NOT to Spooky (with one of the coolest Avatar's on WP!).

So this guy has the savvy to be a Hollywood Producer then blames his: 'naivete' on breaking a rule a 6 year-old could understand?! Ummm, yeah...
KirkLazerus writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:50:03 PM

@ranger-Tee He, anyways what a dumb idiot i hope that's the reason why the Hurt Locker loses
c-prime writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:51:37 PM

So pathetic. Hollywood should call this guy "The Hurt c*ck Blocker".
encoreyourface writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:52:15 PM

huh ... if he/she knew the rules then that dumb f*cker deserves to be raped in prison for all eternity ...
Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:53:49 PM

You're right. If it does lose, I hope this IS the reason.

Even if this wasn't a rule of the Academy, is this guy in Elementary School, and think that slamming another movie (that has made almost $2.5 billion let's not forget) will make his movie look that much better? Doesn't he appreciate that his movie has enough legs to stand on without taking a swipe at another project?

What a douche bag.
Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:54:24 PM

'The Hurt c*ck Oscar Blocker!'?
Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:55:03 PM

'The Hurt Locker c*ck Oscar Blocker!'?

(hit 'submit' too soon).
SpookyCupcakes writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:56:43 PM

the reason avatar will win is the same reason why slumdog millionaire won: Money.

Letting slumdog get it opened up hollywood to the indian market (all 1 billion of em), so letting the already highest grossing film of all time an oscar would bring in more money for everybody.
encoreyourface writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:57:21 PM

"What a douche bag."

yep ...
Peter Parker writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:58:34 PM

Alex, this article could really use some more information.
I think you should have started by explaining what Chartier's original email said.

The email that started this controversy was obtained by The Associated Press, it was published and I'm sure your readers would have liked to have access to it, either through a link on your article, or with the actual email (or parts of it) being included in your story.

In his email, before apologizing for breaking the rules, Chartier justified his appeal by saying that the industry needs to go back to the basics, awarding movies for the scripts and acting performances, and not because of the price tag on a film or its special effects.

He also claimed that smaller films need to be backed up by the industry in terms of recognition, so that money won't be the only the only important factor when it comes to classifying a film's quality.

Despite of the fact that Chartier was an idiot for exposing himself like that, he was actually right.
c-prime writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 8:59:45 PM

Maybe "The Hurt Locker" crew can make it up to James Cameron by letting him have a revenge f*ck with his ex, Kathryn Bigelow, one last time.

KB: "Ouch! James, I told you not there!"

JC: "Shut up! It'll fit! Now, who's the director in this relationship?!"

KB: "Mmmff...you...ahhr."

JC: "Louder!"


JC: "Correct! Who's the true artist?!"


JC: "That's right, I am an artist! Gonna paint your lips white tonight, beeyotch!"
SpookyCupcakes writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 9:00:29 PM


Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 9:06:31 PM

@c-prime - LOL!

@PP - nice if he did that explaining your write about. He certainly could have done just that without the 'Ouch... did I make a mistake bashing Avatar in the process' crap (I know you agree... your post indicated so). But if his movie gets punished because he chose it ignore the printed rules... f*ck him!

That's like apologizing to the judge for someone you shot... but didn't expect them to die (clearly not as serious a matter).
Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 9:08:49 PM

Off topic: Where is Joe's pick for Captain America?! Huh Joe... HUH?!?!?!?!?!
Peter Parker writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 9:14:04 PM

@ Spooks:

Oh yes I did!

Alex deleted my Thomas Haden Church's Church comments for no good reason. Totally uncalled for.
This is me getting back at him.

Anyway, regardless of my exasperation over my deleted comments, if they were going to tell the Chartier email story, they SHOULD have started it from the beginning.
Peter Parker writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 9:22:51 PM

@ Ranger:

I know! It would be a crying shame if "The Hurt Locker" ended up losing the race because of that email.

What's worse, just to avoid the public later accusing the Academy for not being impartial, I can see their members snubbing the film and then claiming it was never their first pick to begin with.

At the end of the day, this is just one more reason for me to maintain my opinion of the Oscars ceremony: It's a vanity fair with very little credibility where backstage games and personal agendas matter more that awarding films for their merits.

f*ck the Oscars.
Peter Parker writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 9:23:25 PM

*matter more than...
on March 1st, 2010 at 9:27:00 PM

What a bonehead! Before this SNAFU, Locker was pretty much a lock to rack up some oscars and now those blue f*cks are going gold. I hope (at the very least)Bigelow's fine ass gets Best Director. I truly agree that Locker is one of the best movies of this year. If the oscar people wanna punish this "brainiac" that should take him in public and beat him with a hose...whip some smarts into him.

In other news, It's March 1st and we have No Captain America...Bang up job, Marvel. At this rate, you guys will be a Lohan-level c*nt by May...when this movie gets pushed to Dec. 22, 2012.
ProfMovies writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 9:51:47 PM

I think the whole "Best Picture" category is pretty lame this year anyway.
AVATAR is a flavor-of-the-week, and HURT LOCKER really didn't get me too excited either.
A SERIOUS MAN was a baffling load of Coen Bros
baloney, and PRECIOUS more of the Oprah guilt-trip diatribe she tries to force-feed us.

I liked UP IN THE AIR, but wasn't knocked out by it. I haven't seen AN EDUCATION, but plan to this weekend.
THE BLIND SIDE was the feel-good polar opposite to PRECIOUS. (But, not Oscar-worthy either.)
INGLORIOUS BASTERDS more self-indulgent Tarantino swill in dire need of an editor.
UP was a charmer, but again not "Oscar".
DISTRICT 9 was a knock-out, but doesn't stand a chance of winning.

My favorite film this year was John Woo's original 5 hour Asian cut of RED CLIFF, but try and find a dozen people who have even seen it, much less agree with me.

I have always liked Kathryn Bigelow's work, however. An Oscar for her excellent direction would be warranted, I think.

Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 10:32:58 PM

@PP - sorry to see your comment was deleted, you made a good suggestion or two in there.

"... the Oscars ceremony: It's a vanity fair with very little credibility where backstage games and personal agendas matter more that awarding films for their merits." --- well said!

@AF - Loslag reference. Priceless!

SamuelClayton writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 10:49:34 PM

This isn't exactly new - or very relevant - news. First time producer commits a faux pas and has had to apologize for it. Big deal. Move on.

Oh, and those of you who actually think that The Hurt Locker SHOULD lose Best Picture over this debacle are f*cking pathetic.
CCBlev writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 10:49:36 PM

very good points, I'm with ya f*ck the oscars, I'll be watching some jenna jameson porn anyways while the oscars are on
jeffw1978 writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 10:50:19 PM

This guy is f*cking retarded, he must be related to COC. Now I want to go kick puppies off of a cliff.
Peter Parker writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 10:54:15 PM

@ Ranger:

Alex does that sometimes. Starts deleting away, with no specific method or criteria. That's wrong.

It's his website, his call, yes.
But if he wants to be coherent, then the occasional comment deleting spree isn't helping his case.

You know what's funny? He deleted comments where I talked specifically about about Thomas Haden Church, and yet, he has a moron on two other threads, with posts advertising his loans business, including automatic links to his website and all, and those have been there going on two days now.

The irony...

Back to topic:

The Academy may be forced to go with "Up In The Air" or "The Blind Side", just to avoid the controversy that the email created and choose a more neutral movie.
And again, if that happened, it would be a real shame for "The Hurt Locker".
Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 10:59:43 PM

@Samuel - it new news to me. First I've heard about it. And seeing it's about a 'movie' producer - it's relevant to this site.

And we're 'pathetic' for offering up opinions instead of personal attacks? You're right...

You're a c*nt. And your parents are pathetic for having to give you up because of their drinking and gambling issues. And your biological dad is your momma's pimp.

And your foster parents diddled you.

And who is that crusty old f*cker on your avatar... Lorne Greene or you just guessing it's one of your dads?
Peter Parker writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 11:02:18 PM

@ CC:

You're a practical man and I may just do the same, only replacing Jenna Jameson with Alexis Texas or Jayden Jaymes.
I have a soft spot for those two. Or a hard spot...
Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 11:07:34 PM

I'm fond of Tiger Wood's fav, Joslyn James (were anyone to go to j*zzhut and view the vid. or that busty, leggy slutdog bangin her 2 students on her desk... just sayin').
CCBlev writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 11:33:34 PM

good calls you guys, personally im waiting for the miley cyrus sex tape to come out next year.

Samuel Clayton, who the f*ck? That just screams gayness, im sure coc is sending him an invite to party with him and his dead mom, inside her dead rotting vag later tonight, they may give lister an invite too. By the way Samuel, whos that dusty old fart in your avatar? I know your grandfather touched you when you were 8 but let it go man, you don't have to suck his rotting bals anymore!!
Ranger writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 11:38:14 PM

SamuelClayton writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 11:54:15 PM

Are you people insane? Why don't you take the time to read what I said instead of spewing bile?

I AGREE Chartier was stupid for sending that email. I AGREE that there should be consequences to his actions. But if you actually believe that The Hurt Locker should not win the Academy Award for Best Picture because one of its producers sent out an email he shouldn't have, you're an idiot. Simple as that.

And, sorry to ruin your explicit sexual fantasies, but I've had a relatively happy, molestation-free childhood. The picture on my avatar is, of course, Captain Samuel Clayton from The Searchers - one of the greatest films ever made.
TH3D4RKKN1GH7 writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 11:54:40 PM

God just make it easy for Cameron why don't you.
CCBlev writes:
on March 1st, 2010 at 11:57:31 PM

now that I think about it, Samuel and Coc are gonna get together tonight, Samuels gonna bring his dead g-pa and coc will have his dead mom there and its all gonna be one big nerco-orgy.
SACdaddy writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:03:41 AM

Bad move by this guy, but only because it steals the spotlight from Bigelow. Her career contributions to the action genre and her gender were the biggest things HL had going for it. Now the attention is on this guy who obviously isn't anything special. Hurt Locker was already a shaky front runner, this wont do it any favors with the huge egos in Hwood. Sorry KB, you were that close.
CCBlev writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:03:59 AM

my apologies, we're just getting tons of douches coming in outta nowhere on here lately, kinda got our guard up and The Searcher is a good movie, lets just hope they don't remake that one too.
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:08:33 AM

@Samuel - just getting under your skin Bro. Funny reply on your part... nice work.

As for asking if we're insane? Look at our posts... do you really need to ask or was your question rhetorical?!
SamuelClayton writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:09:15 AM

@ SACdaddy: I doubt it's going to be THAT big of a deal. The Hurt Locker has cleaned up the major precursors and I doubt this non-issue will slow its trajectory to Oscar victory. I remember last year there was a big hoopla over the treatment of the child actors in Slumdog Millionaire, but did that stop it from sweeping the Oscars?

@ CCBlev: That's cool, I guess, I just find the idea of wanting a movie to not win an award based on PR bullsh*t instead of its artistic merit...stupid.
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:09:19 AM

The Searcher is a good movie, lets just hope they don't remake that one too... in 3D!
MoneyHayabusa writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:10:39 AM

I dunno if this necessary qualifies as 'casting in a negative light'. It sounds like he was saying "If you want Hurt Locker to win, you have to put Avatar last" so that Hurt Locker had better chances. Kinda underhanded, but... Pretty much everyone will be voting between those two and Inglorious Basterds, so if Avatar has enough second place votes it can usurp the others.

Isn't that how the voting works this year? Thats what I heard...

Anyways, that'd be ridiculous if Hurt Locker was withdrawn, and terribly unfair. A fine or whatever at most.
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:10:47 AM

@Sammy - a movie to not win an award based on PR bullsh*t instead of its artistic merit...

You're not alone, believe me.
SamuelClayton writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:10:52 AM

@ Ranger: Ah, well, you guys certainly have an interesting sense of humor. Curious though, just who is COC? He seems to be brought up all the time here.
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:12:56 AM

@Money - 'It sounds like he was saying "If you want Hurt Locker to win, you have to put Avatar last"

If that Producer was half as sharp as you, that would have been his defense, instead of the 'naivete and ignorance' he plead.

You should have been his mouth piece on this one. You may even have saved a bit of his dignity.
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:14:18 AM

interesting sense of humor. ---- well, that's certainly the nicest way it's been put.

COC = DOC. One of the aforementioned douche bags that came on here with a TON of personal attacks and wouldn't let up. We have all since gang-banged his whoring mother to death. He's better now (but still a twat).
CCBlev writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:16:50 AM

Who is coc? Well have you ever met a necropheliac who litterally loved his mom to death and still f*cks her? Ever met a gay guy so gay, even San Francisco won't let into the populace? Thats this anal invader, he's all that rolled into one and did I mention he admitted to jacking off to Gary Coleman and Lyndsay Lohvag poster?
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 12:18:34 AM

Laminated... of course.
Freudian_Nightmare writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 1:34:35 AM

And this just further proves that you don't have to take an IQ-test if you're going to be a producer in Hollywood. Even if his intentions were good, it was still a stupid move.

But in the end it doesn't really matter. The Oscars is a scam, have always been and will always be. As PP said, awarding movies on their merits has been put on hold, since it's all about the politics in the background.
johndillinger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 1:41:41 AM

BloodyMickJagger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 2:30:23 AM

This news just got here?
jigsaw23 writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 2:38:29 AM

i would still like to see it and i dont blame him for puttiing avatar and 10th place.
trailertrash writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 2:57:56 AM

oh dear !!!!!! bet the ex mrs cameroon's over the pandora moon about this !!
masht7 writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 3:31:23 AM

Everybody, get a shootgun! The smurfs/avartards are invading!
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 3:44:50 AM

@johndillinger & trailertrash (over the moon... priceless) - lol.
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 3:51:18 AM


The List of candidates to play Captain America in Marvel's upcoming movie has been confirmed on a casting website.

It says an announcement on who has been chosen for the role will be made in the next few weeks.

In line with previous reports, it's been confirmed that Chace Crawford, John Krasinski, Scott Porter, Mike Vogel, Michael Cassidy and Patrick Flueger have screen-tested for the lead role of Steve Rogers, who becomes the patriotic superhero in The First Avenger: Captain America.

Marvel is now part of the Disney empire, following a $4billion deal last year, and Disney's Feature Film Casting website names those actors as having auditioned.

It adds: "An announcement on the casting decision is expected within the next few weeks. Auditions and casting for the remaining supporting actors, day players and extras will be ongoing.

"Filming begins June 28, 2010, and the release date is scheduled for July 22, 2011."

JaCKsWaS7eDL1Fe writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 5:19:20 AM

Why would you "movie fans" want Pocahontas 3D to win the most prestigious of film awards?
JimMorgan writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 5:28:53 AM

Chances are still big. bigger than Avatar anyway. Avatar just cannot win the oscar. Have a look at this for the reason - http://www.tomedes.com/2010-Oscar-winner.php
lost_addict writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 5:43:50 AM

like it matters...we all know gi goe rise of the cobra will win...
SACdaddy writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 8:28:09 AM

I for one don't fully understand everybody's beef surrounding the Oscars' Best Picture legitimacy. Just look at the list of best picture winners from the last 10-20 years, and you'll see its hard to find a film that doesn't deserve the honor.

2008 - “Slumdog Millionaire”

2007 - “No Country for Old Men”

2006 - “The Departed”

2005 - “Crash”

2004 - “Million Dollar Baby”

2003 - “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

2002 - “Chicago”

2001 - “A Beautiful Mind”

2000 - “Gladiator”

1999 - “American Beauty”

1998 - “Shakespeare in Love”

1997 - “Titanic”

1996 - “The English Patient”

1995 - “Braveheart”

1994 - “Forrest Gump”

1993 - “Schindler’s List”

1992 - “Unforgiven”

1991 - “The Silence of the Lambs”

1990 - “Dances with Wolves”

Even with the LOR they managed to pick the correct installment of the series to reward. Nearly every genre of film is represented on the list, so you cant say that a particular type of film wins more or less. Unless you're a comedy or a horror flick you've got a chance to win an Oscar.

There's nothing wrong with awarding popular and financially successful films if they truly deserve it. If money were the only true driving force behind all noms then Transformers, The Blair Witch Project, and Paranormal Activity should have been acknowledged for their achievements. With all the crap that gets produced nowadays, there's something to be said about a film that can achieve critical and financial success. Plus its alway nice to have some films that people have actually seen up for nom. Really, I bet more than half the members on this site (and a large percentage of the Academy) didn't even see An Education, Precious, A Serious Man, or Up In the Air.
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:12:46 AM

@SAC - good post.

I think the beef some have with the Oscar's maybe some of the movies that those you listed barely edged out. Certainly most/all you listed were deserving for sure. But some Oscar fans had other ideas (of course).

I thought Tom Cruise's Born on the 4th of July should have won in it's year (as an example), but sure the winner was deserving as well.
Bob82 writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:02:19 AM

"Slumdog Millionaire", "Crash", "Chicago", "American Beauty" and "Shakespeare In Love" are films that don't deserve that honor. The rest, fine by me.
SACdaddy writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:19:03 AM

@Ranger: I completely agree. Everyone has their favorites, but that doesn't mean they should question the integrity of the whole process just because their film didn't win. I wanted Saving Private Ryan to win, but that doesn't mean I formed some stupid conspiracy theory about how Hwood awarded Shakepeare in Love the Oscar so they could tap into the huge thespian period piece market, lol. Slumdog didn't win because Hollywood wanted a piece of Bollywood (Spooky), it won because it was the best film in a weak year for the industry (c'mon, I could have beaten Milk, Frost/Nixon, The Reader in my sleep).
SACdaddy writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:42:31 AM

@Bob: If you go back and look up the competition for the films you thought were undeserving you might have a different opinion. I can't speak for Chicago (I hate musicals), but most of these film won because of lack of competition. Crash beat out gayass Brokeback Mountain, American Beauty beat The Sixth Sense (a f*cking ghost movie), SIL beat Private Ryan (a film that was 90% action sequences).
Eben1277 writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:58:40 AM

SAC, my big dispute with the Academy awards is Titanic. If Titanic won in a weak year, I wouldn't have a problem. But what did Titanic beat??? Motherf*cking LA Confidential! That movie is so good it should be a contender for best picture of all time!
SACdaddy writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:14:11 AM

@Eben: See, I'm one of those people that will defend Titanic until the day I die. Me and my d*ck owe that film too much to ever utter a mean word about it. God bless you JC.

That being said, 1997 was just a badass year for films. Not only did Titanic beat LA Confidential but it also topped Good Will Hunting (my choice for BP). Its also a year that saw Boogie Nights, Amistad, and As Good As It Gets not even be nominated for BP.
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:31:33 AM

@SAC - well said - some have won because a sheer lack of competition. We have a LOT similar taste in movies. And Good Will Hunting is timeless!

And yes, Pvt. Ryan and LA Confidential should have won.
Peter Parker writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:41:19 AM

@ SAC:

I'd love to stick around and discuss this further with you guys, but today I'm a little pressed for time, so my contribution will have to be limited (which is to say, one-liners and COC insults).

I don't know about you guys, but when I say the Oscars (the Academy) isn't a credible institution, I mean the whole gamut of awards they give out, and nor just concerning the best picture category.

The Academy awards acting performances (which is where most of the wrong decisions have been for decades now), best screenplay, soundtrack...
Every single year we can see cases, in different categories, of choices they made that weren't due to the winner's merit, but to some political tendency/social movement/corporate interest that had more weight than the actual merits of the nominees.

And regarding the movies? I definitely do not agree with "The English Patient", "A Beautiful Mind", "Shakespeare in Love", "Titanic" and "Chicago", just to mention a few out of the ones you've included in your post.

Also, the Academy is still a sucker for Oscar bait. Every single year they fall for it. It's amazing how predictable they are.

And don't even get me started on the amazing films that every year get snubbed and never make it to the final list, or the outstanding actors that never get recognition, the fantastic original screenplays that are swept under the rug...

I maintain what I said, f*ck the Oscars.
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:51:18 AM

I thought 'A Beautiful Mind' was a kick-ass movie.

Speaking of politics and the Oscars... Forest Whitaker admitted to attending something like 60 parties to grease palms to aid in his well-deserved Oscar for The Last King of Scotland.

So... hit all the parties (have a great movie to start with, of course), shake hands, smile a lot. Kiss ass... then you can win an Oscar.
SACdaddy writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 2:58:37 PM

@Ranger: Smoozing and rubbing elbows is the name of the game in Hollywood baby! There are hundreds of performances that voters must nominated and consider every year. Just doing a good job may not be enough to get noticed anymore. Remember most of the members of the Academy are hardworking, busy professionals (actors, writers, director, producers, etc.) who may not have time to see everything. So actors like Whitaker and production companies politic, woo, and smooze just to have a chance to get noticed for their work. You can't tell me that very many people actually saw FW's work in LKoS when it hit the theaters. He had to work some overtime to even get on the ballots let alone win the Oscar.

@PP: I hear you man and probably would tend to agree with you concerning the other categories. Some simple facts:

1. If you play a handicap, a homosexual, a monarch, or an addict you're probably a shoe-in for at least a nomination.

2. If you're a minority or a foreigner (non American) you're probably not even getting nominated, but if you do you'll probably win.

3. If Daniel Day Lewis, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Judi Dench (6 Oscar noms), Meryl Streep (15 noms!) is in a movie that year, they'll get nominated, sometimes twice.

4. WWII era film will be nominated.

5. If there is a rape victim in the group she or he (Lawrence of Arabia) will win.

6. If you portray a famous person or historical figure you're a shoe-in for a nom.
Ranger writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 3:17:25 PM

I don't think I ever wanted to bone Meryl Streep more than when she was in The Bridges of Madson County.

I've banged girls while their parents are in their house... even banged some in their parents house - but a lonely, European, married woman - banging her in her own home whilst hubby is away - is like the older woman next door growing up - yummy!
murphyslaw93 writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 7:43:48 PM

If they remove it that would be horrible. I would love to see this movie win Best Picture (even though there were better flicks this year). But it is a great film and definitely should win over Avatar
Bob82 writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 8:03:03 PM


You have a good point. There were movies that I liked wich didn't win, but the one that got the Oscar were good competition. For the ones you mentioned, it's all a matter of opinion.

1998: I liked "Saving Private Ryan", (I even enjoyed "Shakespeare In Love") but my winner was "The Thin Red Line", a true masterpiece.

1999: "American Beauty" is overrated, "The Insider" was my favourite.

2002: I like musicals, but "Chicago" was awful. "The Pianist" should've won.

2005: I liked "Brokeback Mountain" a lot (don't care about the gay subject), but "Good Night, and Good Luck" was a valid winner for Best Picture also. "Crash" was film student bullsh*t.

2008: "Slumdog Millionaire" was ok, fun to watch, but in this case I agree with you that there were no strong competitors. The one I liked the most was "Frost/Nixon".
Peter Parker writes:
on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:18:19 PM

Update on this article:

"A producer of the war story "The Hurt Locker" will not be allowed to attend Sunday's Academy Awards because of e-mails he sent urging academy members to vote for his movie, Oscar overseers said Tuesday.

But Nicolas Chartier will receive an Oscar at a later date if "The Hurt Locker" wins best picture.

The executive committee of the producers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences imposed the penalty on Chartier, who violated Oscar rules that prohibit mailings promoting a film and disparaging another.

Chartier sent an e-mail Feb. 19 to some academy members asking for their support for "The Hurt Locker," "not a "$500 million film" — an obvious reference to blockbuster best-picture contender "Avatar."

Subsequent e-mails, posted by the Los Angeles Times, showed Chartier asking Oscar voters to rank "The Hurt Locker" at No. 1 and "Avatar" at No. 10 among this year's expanded best-picture lineup of 10 films.

Chartier apologized in a subsequent e-mail. "My naivete, ignorance of the rules and plain stupidity as a first-time nominee is not an excuse for this behavior and I strongly regret it," Chartier wrote.

He did not immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press seeking comment on the academy's penalty. Officials at Summit Entertainment, which released "The Hurt Locker," declined to comment.

"Avatar" producer Jon Landau did not immediately return a call for comment.

"The Hurt Locker" and "Avatar" have been at the head of the pack throughout awards season, and they lead the Oscar field with nine nominations each.

"Avatar" won the Golden Globe for best drama, but "The Hurt Locker" has dominated honors from critics and key Hollywood trade groups, including guilds representing directors, writers and producers.

At last month's British Academy Film Awards, "The Hurt Locker" also won out over "Avatar," taking six prizes, including best picture.

Chartier is one of four producers listed on the film's best-picture nomination, along with "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal and Greg Shapiro. Bigelow and "Avatar" director James Cameron were married from 1989 to 1991.

The penalty against Chartier does not affect the other three producers, who are free to attend the Oscars.

The academy announced its sanction against Chartier as Oscar balloting closed Tuesday. The producers branch stopped short of the harsher penalty of rescinding Chartier's nomination, which would have kept him from receiving an Oscar statuette if his film won.

Oscar rivalry is fierce, with filmmakers and distributors coveting awards wins both for bragging rights and for the bounce in box-office or DVD revenues an Oscar triumph brings.

The academy keeps a tight rein on awards campaigning, its rules prohibiting "casting a negative or derogatory light on a competing film."

"You would hope it wouldn't have happened," said Tom Sherak, academy president. "It will not cloud what the night is. This was an individual thing that happened. It's been dealt with, and now we're going on to the show."

Source: Yahoo! Movies
Ranger writes:
on March 3rd, 2010 at 1:45:00 AM

Any date and location as to when he's to sustain a public humiliation and receive his c*nt punt?
bill the butcher writes:
on August 16th, 2011 at 7:51:35 PM

let me tell you
it is the year 2011 now
The Hurt Locker won best picture
and best director
it was the BEST film of the year full stop

no doubt about it

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