Hurt Locker producer apologizes for “begging” email
“The Hurt Locker” co-producer Nicolas Chartier has sent a followup email to apologize for his first email blast that begged colleagues to campaign for his movie to win the Oscar for best picture while trashing rival film “Avatar.” This email violates the Academy Award’s rules and the Oscar chiefs have not yet announced what measures they are going to take to penalize for his actions. Chartier has stated, “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.”
Below is Chartier’s first email:
I hope all is well with you. I just wanted to write you and say I hope you liked Hurt Locker and if you did and want us to win, please tell (name deleted) and your friends who vote for the Oscars, tell actors, directors, crew members, art directors, special effects people, 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!
I’m sure you know plenty of people you’ve worked with who are academy members whether a publicist, a writer, a sound engineer, please take 5 minutes and contact them. Please call one or two persons, everything will help!
Nicolas Chartier Voltage Pictures
The apology email:
Last week I emailed you regarding the Oscars next week, generally, and
“The Hurt Locker,” in particular.
My email to you was out of line and not in the spirit of the celebration of
cinema that this acknowledgement is. I was even more wrong, both personally
and professionally, to ask for your help in encouraging others to vote for
the film and to comment on another movie. As passionate as I am about the
film we made, this was an extremely inappropriate email to send, and
something that the Academy strongly disapproves of in the rules.
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. Being
nominated for an Academy Award is the ultimate honor and I should have taken
the time to read the rules.
I am emailing each person this very same statement asking to retract my
previous email and requesting that you please disregard it.
I truly apologize to anyone I have offended.
Voltage Pictures, LLC