The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences banned Hurt Locker producer Nicholas Chartier from attending Sunday's ceremony because he violated Academy campaigning standards with an e-mail urging voters to support his film over Avatar, the Academy announced Tuesday.
The Academy has strict rules against "casting a negative or derogatory light on a competing film," it said in a statement. Chartier has since apologized for the e-mail, which encouraged voters to support The Hurt Locker over Avatar, which he described as "a $500 million film."
"My naivetÃÂ©, ignorance of the rules and plain stupidity as a first-time nominee is not an excuse for this behavior and I strongly regret it," Chartier said in an e-mail obtained by The Associated Press. "Being nominated for an Academy Award is the ultimate honor and I should have taken the time to read the rules."
Although he has been barred from attending the telecast, Chartier will still receive a statue if The Hurt Locker wins best picture.
The 82nd Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, March 7 at 8/7c on ABC.