Oscars 2010: "The Hurt Locker" y las reglas de la Academia

Me acabo de topar con esta noticia -tal vez no sea novedad, pero lo es para mí que no había vuelto a poner la cabeza en el Oscar hasta ayer- y no sé si no tendrá consecuencias a la hora de los premios.

Uno de los productores de "The Hurt Locker" mandó un email a miles de personas -incluyendo miembros de la Academia- pidiendo que voten por su película y no por "un tanque de 500 millones de dólares", usando términos y formas directamente prohibidas por la Academia de Hollywood. ¿Tendrá esto alguna consecuencia?

Aquí abajo, las copias del email original, de la regla sobre el tema de la Academia y del email de disculpas luego enviado por el productor.

Emails posted by the Los Angeles Times:

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

Here are the
Academy's rules specifically mentioning email correspondence:

E-mail that is sent to Academy members must adhere to the same regulations concerning content and appearance as direct mailings that are delivered by the post office or via other delivery methods. It may not extol the merits of a film, an achievement or an individual. It may not contain quotes from reviews about a film or an achievement, nor should it refer to other honors or awards, past or present, that have been received by either the film or those involved in the production or distribution of the film. Except as permitted in Regulation #5, e-mail to members may not include mention of, or links to, any Web site that promotes any eligible film.

Chartier's apology letter:

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 [sic] 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

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