March 5, 2010
Posted: 03:59 PM ET
Well, Oscar time is upon us. In Los Angeles it signals the start of spring as much as blooming flowers, 70 degree weather, and allergies. Love is in the air for one and all until after the big show and one realizes that if you didn’t win, no one wants to sit with you. Keep your chin up. At least you were invited to the dance.
As with every big event, there is lots of drama leading up to it. This year much of it swirled around “Hurt Locker” producer Nicolas Chartier. In his excitement of being nominated, Chartier sent out emails asking people to vote for his movie not another film, specifically one that cost “500 million” to make. The Academy says he violated a no smack talking rule, and un-invited him to the show.
In the days following this public debacle, I sensed that Mr. Chartier might have read my new book, “Red Carpet Ready Secrets for Making the most of Any Time You are in the Spotlight,” In the book I try and help people get thru situations where they are in the “spotlight,” good, bad, or indifferent. It seems that “Nic” (I can call him that now) followed the rules for navigating such a minefield.
Right off the bat, He took ownership of his mistake. He didn’t try and blame someone else or play stupid. Nic actually publically apologized for his gaffe and said that he wasn’t aware that he had violated any rules. He went on to explain that his excitement and enthusiasm clouded his better judgment. Most importantly, he accepted the Academy’s decision to “un invite” him with out a complaint.
As of today, we do not know who will win Best Picture. We do know that if “Hurt Locker” wins, Nicholas Chartier will not be on the stage to accept his Oscar. However, AMPAS has confirmed that in that event, he will still get his award sent to him. If the Oscar people have also read my book they will use the chapter on graciousness and make sure it gets there next-day air, not ground shipping.
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