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Hurt Locker Producer Effs Up BIG TIME

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Not very clASSy!!

Co-producer of the Academy Award nominated film The Hurt Locker, Nicolas Chartier, decided the most sophisticated way to campaign for his movie was to send out a DESPERATE mass e-mail that begged people to vote for his film and in the process, took an obvious dig at the 3-D smurf extravaganza Avatar!!

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!

best regards,
Nicolas Chartier Voltage Pictures

Too bad for him this kind of solicitation is completely against the Academy's rules!!

WTF was he thinking??? Not to mention the composition of the letter - OUCH. Was he HIGH when he wrote and sent that?

Either way, he must have gotten in some SERIOUS shiz for that moronic move, so he tucked his tail between his legs and wrote an apology e-mail!!

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.

Sincerely yours,

best regards,
Nicolas Chartier
Voltage Pictures, LLC

We think this kind of press is going to do nothing but hurt The Hurt Locker's chances at winning, which is unfortunate, because the movie is EXCELLENT!

Chartier better be praying that he didn't blow it for the entire cast and crew of the movie!!

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23 comments to “Hurt Locker Producer Effs Up BIG TIME”

  1. 1

    this is coming from someone who it literally begging every chance he gets to be on american idol??? what's the big deal? he asked people to vote for his movie. who cares?

  2. 2

    He's right. 'Hurt Locker" is an excellent piece of cinema. 'Avatar' is a good looking but utterly pointless movie - it has no substance.
    The Academy is funny though - it will go out of it's way to award true brilliance (like, say, Unforgiven) but has given Oscar's to talentless hacks like Julia Roberts and "Ange" - clearly some Oscars are bought and paid for.

  3. 3

    Inglourious Basterds was better. Although, I did like The Hurt Locker very much. I'm kinda hoping for Jeremy Renner to win Best Actor… or Colin Firth, for sexiness.

  4. 4

    But why shouldn't he have done it? It is supposedly against the academy rules, but they didn't do anything to him for it and his E-Mail still most likely had the desired effect. So since they didn't pull his movie from consideration he lost nothing.

  5. 5

    What a moron. This film is meh, but deserving a Best Picture? Not by a long shot. Will we remember this film ten years from now? Didn't think so either. What's up with the desperation campaign? What a cheater and douche. It's crap like this, that continues giving the Oscars a bad rep.

  6. 6

    the film was good but Like the war it's about it never really went anywhere

  7. 7

    If you think it's gonna hurt this excellent movie, why are you reporting on it? Oh and BTW… quit campaigning for Idol. I don't watch the show anyway but what makes you qualified for that position? You publicly begging for this position is much more desperate than this email which was only sent to a select group of people.

  8. 8

    People should ask actual EOD techs what they think of that movie and you'll find it's not the bees knees with everyone. I'd rather see Avatar win.

  9. 9

    What's the big deal? ummm "this kind of solicitation is completely against the Academy's rules!!"

  10. 10

    It is a lame desperate attempt. But it will not have any effect on it's chances at the oscars.

  11. 11

    Beggin for Idol is idiotic because Perez is not on that level of celebrity. He's too negative. It's ridiculous for his ego to think he is on the same planet as the likes of Ellen.

    Avatar best picture by far. Ing. Basterds and Hurt Locker are both incredible movies - but Avatar is a game changer.

  12. 12

    This will not hurt its chances

    People will vote on the best movie, if people didnt vote because of this little mistake (remember we all have flaws) that is seriously sad and these people do not take the movie industry seriously.

    sorry, but its true.

  13. 13

    Re: jasonjkyle – agreed! you know if this happened w/ avatar he would start a worldwide campaign to ensure it was disqualified.

  14. 14

    and how many pathetic emails have you sent out begging to get on idol?

  15. @v@ says – reply to this


    If judges truly vote for the movie they feel deserves that specific award, this extraenneous stuff won't matter. To state that this will hurt 'Hurt Locker' implies that the voters can't see beyond the varying P.R. and pick the deserving film.
    Human nature being what it is, it could change the vote, but I sincerely hope not.

  16. 16

    Yep, I agree with Jason on Perez slamming them for begging for votes when he is begging for jobs or his need to push artist on us that he wants us to love so that it benefits him. I think what the man did was ok.. why not send an email and say hey, vote for me. Thats what politicians do. Wen big money makers like Avatar put out commercials stating how much they made and all of the awards and critics comments, that is them advertising to voters on who to vote for. So it is stupid for the academy to have such a rule.. Hurt Locker was a magnificent film, and Jeremy Renner is one of the best, underrated actors of our generation. I hope this film and nomination puts him back on track to getting more starring roles in excellent films. he was great in Jesse James pic with Pitt. he was excellent as Dhamer. He is beautiful and a true actor.. Hope he wins.

  17. 17

    Hurt Locker + Avatar? Ho-Hum. The best movie of 2009 was Up, hands down!

  18. 18

    Actually it may help. A lot of people believe in the importance of Independent Films. Not to mention they are usually different in a refreshing way, and intellectually and/or emotionally challenge us and touch us in someway.

    The attention to his faux pas may work this time.

    Personally though….Public Enemies was the best film out there this year. Too bad it was so early in the year. Short term memory is a problem in Hollyweird.

  19. 19

    If you think this is an excellent film and that such publicity will hurt it, then why are you publishing it????? Frankly, I haven't heard/read this anywhere else - so obviously nobody really cares anyway. Only you find it necessary to publish EVERY LITTLE THING that may cause detriment to others - bitter, jealous little bitch that you are.

  20. 20

    Re: MichelleT
    THIS! My man is EOD and every tech he's spoken to that did see it, says it's really not worth seeing.

  21. PDS says – reply to this


    Mario, if you weren't so busy begging the producers of American Idiot to hire you as a judge, you might realize that there is no such thing as bad publicity.

  22. 22

    What a fucking prick man! if The Hurt Locker doesn't win because of this, I'm going to personally hunt that guy down. what was he thinking??!!, he totally contradicted himself by sending that letter, the hurt locker was sure to win and give other independent film makers more opportunities, now……we'll see.

  23. 23

    You guys are hilarious making all these comments about Perez. He's publishing this because that's what this website is for - celebrity gossip - & if you don't like it then get off it? Also, the reason why anybody may care is because it is against the rules of the academy, writing on his own website that he wants to judge Idol is not really the same thing. Finally, Perez's negative comments? Simon Cowell makes a (rather large) living off it so why not?! Your comments aren't exactly positive are they? Hipocrite much?
    England loves you Perez! x