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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    I don't think Hurt Locker deserves Best Picture...maybe Best Director.
    I still haven't seen The Hurt Locker, but I just want to see Cameron lose out on the top two awards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I still haven't seen The Hurt Locker, but I just want to see Cameron lose out on the top two awards.

    I think we'd all like to see that, but not Hurt Locker. Maybe Precious can steal it away.
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    i liked the hurt locker way better than precious but i think it's more a question of personal taste more than the actual quality of both films.
    i don't know who i'd like to see win best film. my absolute fave would be 'a serious man' but i know it doesn't stand a chance, so i guess from the serious contenders i'd like to see either 'the hurt locker' or 'inglourious basterds' take it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    I think we'd all like to see that, but not Hurt Locker. Maybe Precious can steal it away.
    I'd be shocked if Precious won for best picture. I think Mo'Nique will win for supporting actress, but I don't see Precious winning any other major awards.

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    The producers of the gritty Iraq-war drama about a bomb disposal team couldn't defuse some serious trouble with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And now it's gone kaboom.

    As a result, Nicholas Chartier, one of the four producers of 'The Hurt Locker' has been banned from attending the Oscars on Sunday.

    "Nicolas Chartier, has been denied attendance at the 82nd Academy Awards as a penalty for violating Academy campaigning standards," a press release stated.

    It is extremely rare and dramatic for the Academy to actually deny a Oscar nominee entrance into the building. Chartier's war crime? E-mails sent to "certain Academy voters and other film industry figures in which (Chartier) solicited votes for his own picture and disparaged one of the other contending films," according to the release.
    The translation: the producer broke the cardinal rule of putting down another film (however mighty) while pumping his own up. Or at least getting caught doing it with a paper trail.

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    Someone trying to fix the Oscars? NEVA!!!!

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    There's a whole campaign against Hurt Locker too. In the past few days all kinds of negative stories have "coincidentally" been coming out. I bet there's all kinds of dirty fighting behind the scenes.
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    ^^^
    i bet james cameron's behind it.
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    Another Hurt Locker Situation Needs Defusing
    Tue., Mar. 2, 2010 7:03 PM PST
    by Natalie Finn

    Just how real is The Hurt Locker?

    Even more real than the makers of the gritty Oscar frontrunner have let on, according to a lawsuit being prepared on behalf of Iraq war vet Master Sgt. Jeffrey S. Sarver.

    Per a press release from Sarver's attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, the multimillion-dollar suit says that screenwriter Mark Boal was embedded as a journalist with Sarver's unit in Iraq and witnessed numerous incidents that ended up in the film, which stars Jeremy Renner as Ranger Sgt. First Class Will James, aka bomb disposal expert "Blaster One."

    And Will James is obviously based on Sarver, whose call signal in combat was "Blaster One," the complaint alleges. So why do The Hurt Locker's credits state that the film's characters are entirely fictional, that any similarities to real-life incidents are coincidental, etc.?

    Because Boal and the film's producers conspired to cheat Sarver out of his due compensation, the lawsuit claims.

    The paperwork will be filed in federal court in Sarver's native Michigan on Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, Summit Entertainment lost no time in responding to Fieger's announcement.

    "Ever since Summit acquired the distribution rights to the finished feature film...we have been proud to showcase the film to audiences in the U.S.," read a statement released to E! News. "The film is a story about heroes depicting a fictional account of what brave men and women do on the battlefield.

    "We have no doubt that Master Sgt. Sarver served his country with honor and commitment risking his life for a greater good, but we distributed the film based on a fictional screenplay written by Mark Boal. We hope for a quick resolution to the claims made by Master Sgt. Sarver."

    Honestly, despite scooping up award after award, it seems as if The Hurt Locker just can't win these days.

    While praised by critics, Defense Department officials (including Secretary Robert Gates) and plenty of servicemen and women for being so authentic and viscerally affecting, there are plenty of naysayers.

    Some veterans and active members of the armed forces have stated that the Kathryn Bigelow-directed film is not at all an accurate portrayal of combat and that it makes U.S. troops look like renegades and adrenaline junkies who go about their business half-cocked.

    Not that any of this per se is going to stop The Hurt Locker from topping Avatar at the end of the night, but sour grapes are never tasty.

    And as it turns out, there will be one less Hurt Locker fan cheering from the audience.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Tuesday that one of the drama's producers—while still being eligible to share in a Best Picture win—has been banned from attending the ceremony this Sunday because he went around emailing members of the Academy, asking them to please vote for his movie while bad-mouthing another contender.

    Which is really pretty hilarious, when you think about it.

    "Nicolas Chartier has been denied attendance at the 82nd Academy Awards® as a penalty for violating Academy campaigning standards," spokeswoman Leslie Unger said in a statement.

    She unfortunately didn't disclose which other film Chartier was talking crap about.


    Read more: Another Hurt Locker Situation Needs Defusing - E! Online

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    6 ugliest Oscar smear campaigns

    As the beleagured producers of "The Hurt Locker" know, publicity can cut two ways. Here, the media takedowns that ruined the Oscar prospects for other famous films


    Monday, March 1, 2010

    The Academy Awards have had their share of scandals.
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    Best sources: LA Times, The Guardian, PBS, NY Times...

    One of the tensest Oscar campaign seasons ends today at 5 p.m. (the deadline to submit ballots), with indie frontrunner, "The Hurt Locker," embroiled in two scandals. The first erupted when one of its producers allegedly played dirty with an "illegal" email campaign; the second exploded after The Los Angeles Times challenged the war film's accuracy. Some allege that the Times's piece, in which soldiers dismiss 'The Hurt Locker' as laughable and "disrespectful," may have been instigated by rival producers. The "additional reporting by ["Inglourious Basterds" executive producer] Harvey Weinstein" credit appears to have been left off the story, says S.T. Vanairsdale at Movieline.com. If so, it wouldn't be the first time desperate movie makers have tried to use the press to sway Academy voters. Here's a brief history of notorious Oscar smear tactics:

    1. EXECUTE A PRESS FREEZE-OUT
    The movie: "Citizen Kane," nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1942, and now revered as one of the best American films ever made.
    The smear: Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, on whom the film's main character was closely based, banned any mention of the film in his papers, used his influence to limit its theatrical run, and publicly slandered director Orson Welles.
    Did it work? Yes. "Citizen Kane" only took home one Oscar for Best Screenplay, losing Best Picture to the relatively obscure "How Green Was My Valley." The audience reportedly booed when Welles' name was mentioned.

    2. PAINT THE FILM AS PINKO
    The movie: "High Noon," nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1953.
    The smear: Exploiting McCarthy-era fears, rival studios spread rumors that the acclaimed Western was pushing a liberal and making "un-American" statements about Hollywood's anti-communist blacklist and U.S. foreign policy regarding the Korean War.
    Did it work? Yes. Despite critical praise and the allures of Grace Kelly, Oscar voters were too intimidated to support "High Noon." It lost the top award to Cecil B. De Mille's overblown circus spectacle, "The Greatest Show on Earth."

    3. EXPOSE HISTORICAL INACCURACIES
    The movie:
    Director Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1998.
    The smear: After reports questioned the film's research, entertainment journalists alleged that publicists at Miramax (which was pushing "Ryan"'s top rival, "Shakespeare in Love") had asked them to criticize the film.
    Did it work? For the most part, yes. While "Shakespeare in Love" took home six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), the Academy gave the Best Director award to Spielberg, a rare split of the Best Director and Best Picture awards.

    4. PLAY THE ANTI-SEMITISM CARD
    The movie:
    "A Beautiful Mind," nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 2002.
    The smear: Two weeks before voting closed, the Drudge Report claimed the biopic's makers had conveniently concealed that their subject, John Nash, was anti-Semitic and said some Academy member were questioning why they would vote for a "Jew hater." Reportedly, a rival film's Oscar "strategist" even called the LA Times to make sure its reporters saw the Drudge post.
    Did it work? No. The otherwise heartwarming film prevailed, snagging four statuettes, including those for Best Picture and Best Director.

    5. COUNTERSPIN
    The movie:
    Director Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, in 2003.
    The smear: After Samantha Geimer, the erstwhile minor with whom Polanski had "unlawful sex" in 1977, publically forgave him and wrote an LA Times editorial calling on Oscar voters to "judge the movie, not the man." Rival studios allegedly tried to halt the pro-Polanski momentum — leaking old court transcripts that graphically detailed Polanski's assault on Geimer.
    Did it work? Not entirely. Though "Chicago" was named Best Picture, Polanski won for Best Director, and "The Pianist" nabbed statuettes for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor (Adrien Brody).

    6. LEVEL CHARGES OF CHILD EXPLOITATION
    The movie:
    "Slumdog Millionaire," nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, in 2009.
    The smear: The media criticized director Danny Boyle for underpaying the film's impoverished child stars, raising suspicions that rival studio publicists had found a powerful angle to take down the film; "Slumdog" studio Fox Searchlight quickly issued press releases pushing the fact that Boyle had set-up trustfunds for the kids.
    Did it work? No. The film swept the Oscars — winning eight Oscars including Best Picture.
    6 ugliest Oscar smear campaigns - THE WEEK
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