Student Council-Style Campaigning May Be Trouble for 'Hurt Locker'

March 1, 2010

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Can you believe you aren't supposed to treat the Academy Awards like a Class President election, telling all your friends to vote for you over the more popular kid? A producer for The Hurt Locker couldn't believe it either, so he did that and now he's in trouble:

Oscar watchers are aflutter over an e-mail message from a producer of “The Hurt Locker” asking friends and colleagues to vote for his independent movie over bigger-budget competitors, an indirect dig at “Avatar.” The producer, Nicolas Chartier, has already sent an e-mail apology for his original plea, which apparently violated the rules of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on direct-mail campaigning and criticizing competitors. The academy won’t respond officially until after Tuesday, when Oscar ballots are due.

I wonder what's going to happen when the Academy finds out about James Cameron's "hello friend male add inches $$$ vote Avatar" emails.

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