A Real Reel soapbox (Oscar edition): Chartier and the harsh judgment

"Locker" producers pose backstage at the BAFTAs after Best Picture win, in the event of a repeat come Oscar night, Chartier (far right) will be missing from the photo.

Now that we’ve all had a day to process the punishment of ‘The Hurt Locker’ producer Nicolas Chartier, I think we all can agree that it’s complete and utter B.S.

Was the email in poor taste? Yes. Should he have read the rules? Of course. Was it a dumb move? Yes, especially because “The Hurt Locker’s” chances of winning were great. But to actually ban the guy from the awards is a bit extreme, especially when there have been worse smear campaigns in the past.

What we’re witnessing now is a classic case of Hollywood black balling. Because God forbid The Academy  piss off Rupert Murdoch, James Cameron and  20th Century Fox as a whole. The Academy had to put the young producer in his place, and fast.  I mean really, who does this guy think he is to campaign against a $500 million dollar film?  And leave it to  Deadline Hollywood to point  out this little nugget…

….is it mere coincidence that Academy president Tom Sherak (at one time a bigtime Fox movie exec), Oscars producers Bill Mechanic (at one time a bigtime Fox movie exec) and Adam Shankman (currently a bigtime Fox Broadcast talent), and Academy Board Of Governors member Jim Gianopulos (currently a bigtime Fox movie exec) all have strong ties to the Avatar studio?

Nope,  it’s not a coincidence.  There has been a target on ‘The Hurt Locker’s’ back ever since Kathryn Bigelow’s Directors Guild Award win.  That win solidified ‘The Hurt Locker’ as a major threat to Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ and they’ve gone on to win almost every major guild award since. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the latest ramblings of veterans being pissed about the  film’s accuracy  or another veteran suing the film, is all apart of some master conspiracy to bring the film down. Trust me, it’s Hollywood and stranger things have happened.

Simply put, I think the punishment is stupid.  It reminds me of the time when Justin Timberlake had to apologize during the acceptance of his first Grammy after the infamous Super Bowl event. Cruel and unusual punishment.  Chartier has already apologized and I think if a decision had to be made, it should have been something as simple as he couldn’t go up on the stage to accept the award, in the event of a win,  with the rest of the producers.

It’s all so dumb and it’s sure to put a damper on the evening for the entire “Locker” team. To come this far and not be able to reap the final reward, it sucks to be Nicolas Chartier right now.


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