Oscars bar 'Hurt Locker' producer from attending ceremony
If "The Hurt Locker" wins best picture, only three of its producers will appear at the podium to accept their trophies. Chartier will receive his own Academy Award statuette at some time in the future.
The academy news release notes, "Chartier had recently disseminated an e-mail 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 'casting a negative or derogatory light on a competing film.' 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."
Photo: "The Hurt Locker" (Summit)