Hurt Locker producer in Oscar trouble

The Hurt Locker might be the underdog in the Oscar race with Jim Cameron’s all-conquering Avatar , but one of the film’s producers has gone a bit overboard in the David vs Goliath stakes.

Nicolas Chartier, one of four producers on the Iraq war movie, sent a series of emails to Oscar voters, urging them to vote for an independent picture and not, “a 500 million dollar film.”

A none-too-veiled slight on Avatar then, and one that has had Academy members up in arms over its obvious breach of rules concerning negative campaigning.

Academy rules specifically forbid any “attempt to promote any film or achievement by casting a negative light on any competing film or achievement.”