The Hurt LockerThe case of The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier's leaked email asking people to vote for Locker is another great reminder that nothing is private in the digital age. It's not only a faux pas, it's against the rules of the Academy. What will the repercussions be for The Hurt Locker, the excellent and edgy indie underdog underdog so many are rooting for? (Well, edgy and indie when it comes to Oscar, I guess.) I'm not a professional Oscar-watcher, so I can't pretend to know what this will mean in the long run for the movie - perhaps only Chartier will be slapped on the wrist by the Academy. I can't imagine that a ton of Oscar nominees don't do the same thing on the downlow, despite it being a clear breach of the rules; perhaps it just so happened that Chartier got caught. (Have you ever accidentally CC'd people instead of BCC'd? So embarrassing!)

It would be very disappointing if this affected The Hurt Locker's chances in the Oscar race in any form, but wouldn't we be irate if, say, James Cameron was caught doing the same thing for Avatar? We'd be storming the castle with pitchforks and torches, right?

This also comes at the same time as a flurry of articles about how "a number of military veterans and bomb-defusing specialists alleged that Locker's treatment of life in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit was not only inaccurate but disrespectful" were published, according to Movieline.

Hmmm... Coincidence? Shenanigans? Harvey Weinstein hacking Chartier's email and leaking it to the media? Or is that just my cold medicine talking? Do you think Chartier was merely out of line and kind of tacky or should he be kicked out of the Academy, spanked soundly, and run out of Los Angeles? Do you think this will hurt Locker's chances on the big night, or or are all the Oscars going to The Blind Side anyway?

Check out last night's 60 Minutes profile of Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker after the jump


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