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‘Hurt Locker’ Producer’s E-Mail Campaign Ruffles Feathers

Posted on Feb 25, 2010
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A still image from “The Hurt Locker.”

It’s the season of the knockdown, drag-out Oscar campaign, and one of this year’s Academy Award nominees, “The Hurt Locker” co-producer Nicolas Chartier, has thrown down in a mighty conspicuous (and potentially self-defeating) way. Last weekend, Chartier sent out an e-mail plea asking friends and industry contacts to help the Iraq war film win Oscar gold, but this hands-on strategy didn’t sit well with some members of the academy.  —KA

“The Envelope” in The Los Angeles Times:

The academy forced Chartier to issue an apology and e-mail it to each person who received the plea he sent last week. The academy began hearing from outraged reps for studios with other best picture contenders almost as soon as the initial e-mail went out. In some cases Chartier, apparently unknowingly, sent his e-mail—a direct violation of academy etiquette and rules—to producers who worked on the competition. A Paramount rep wrote me, “It went to members of our filmmaking team on our movie.” Reportedly one of the recipients was Oscar-nominated “Up in the Air” co-writer Sheldon Turner, whose e-mail from Chartier even suggested specific (very well-known) academy members he should target in support of “The Hurt Locker.” At least one producer associated with “Inglourious Basterds” also received it. I’ve learned that some of these e-mails have been directly forwarded to the academy.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, March 3, 2010 at 11:32 am Link to this comment


Glorifies war??????????

Did we see the same film?

Please explain…

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By Aarky, March 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment
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Producers have been politicing for their films for years. The secret is to be discreet, not obnoxiously obvious. From a technical point, they should have fired the technichal director. That scene where the man pulls the wires and some large artillery shells appear out of the sand would be impossible. They are at least 120 mm and weigh at least 50 lbs and the wires would have ripped loose. The scene in which the debris from the explosion seems to float past is a real laugher. In the real world, debris comes screaming by at terrific speeds and makes all sorts of noises. Some people suggest the movienie deserves an Academy Aawrd, but for my money, it’s just another Rah-Rah movie that glorifies war. Don’t beat me up, I was in the Army Infantry and saw these things.                                                                                                                                                      g w er

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By WriterOnTheStorm, February 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment

One can only hope this doesn’t hurt this excellent movie’s chances to for
recognition. Chartier is relatively inexperienced, and certainly new to the politics
of the awards season. He should be forgiven for his “sins”. Unfortunately,
forgiveness is four letter word in tinsel town.

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By no mans land, February 27, 2010 at 11:34 am Link to this comment

I honestly don’t care about this.

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