Oscars Exile -- "Hurt Locker" Producer Banned

In this film publicity file image released by Summit Entertainment, Jeremy Renner is shown in a scene from, "The Hurt Locker." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering action against a producer of "The Hurt Locker" who sent out multiple e-mails urging academy members to vote for his movie in the Oscar best-picture category and "not a $500 million film," an obvious reference to close-competitor "Avatar." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment)

March 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
One of the creative minds behind the Oscar- nominated film "The Hurt Locker" -- has been banned from attending Sunday's Academy Awards show.The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the punishment, for "Hurt Locker" producer Nicholas Chartier.

They ruled Chartier violated Oscar rules -- by e-mailing Academy members urging them to vote for his movie. He also told voters -- not to vote for "Avatar".

Chartier will not be allowed to attend Sunday's ceremony -- but he will still be awarded an Oscar if "The Hurt Locker" wins best picture.

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