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**Breaking News** Hurt Locker Producer banned from Oscars! **Breaking News**

Just read on the web that producer Nicolas Chartier has been banned from attending the Academy Awards this weekend by the Academy itself, after he was caught sending emails to Oscar judges promoting his film, The Hurt Locker. According to the official Oscar website, Chartier will still recieve an Oscar statuette should Hurt Locker win Best Picture, however, he will be unable to attend the ceremony itself.

Considering the lengths some producers and studios will go to promote their film above all others, and the fact that the Oscars are a pretty politically motivated concept in the first place, makes this ruling seem a little, well, baffling. I guess it was the fact Chartier also made derogatory reference to main competition Avatar’s budget, which he intimated shouldn’t be the reason it wins the main gong, that got him banned.

Chartier later emailed an apology, however, the Academy has now sanctioned him. Apparently, the three other listed producers of the film are unaffected by this, and will attend the ceremony as normal.

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Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman. As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney's love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

**Breaking News** Hurt Locker Producer banned from Oscars! **Breaking News**

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