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Feb 27, 2010 11:59 AM by Associated Press

'Lockergate'?: Producer apologizes for e-mails

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering action against a producer of "The Hurt Locker" who sent multiple e-mails urging academy members to vote for his movie in the Oscar best-picture category and not close-competitor "Avatar."

Academy spokeswoman Leslie Unger says the e-mails by Nicolas Chartier, one of four nominated producers for "The Hurt Locker," violated the academy's rule against sending mailings that "attempt to promote any film or achievement by casting a negative light on a competing film or achievement."

The initial e-mail was sent Feb. 19 and obtained by The Associated Press. Chartier has apologized for his actions.

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