Apology Sent to Academy For 'Buried' Screenwriter's Letter

Friday, 31 December 2010 12:06 Written by  JimmyO
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Apology Sent to Academy For 'Buried' Screenwriter's Letter

Yesterday we reported that Chris Sparling, the screenwriter of Buried, had written a letter asking for Academy Award consideration for his film. Today, his publicist asks Oscar’s forgiveness.

In the letter Sparling explained that "Roger Ebert [gave] it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars and...two thumbs up...Variety [said] the film is '…an ingenious exercise in sustained tension that would have made Alfred Hitchcock proud,'" which clearly violated AMPAS rules:

“Mailings that extol the merits of a film, an achievement or an individual are not permitted...quotes from reviews [are] not permitted, nor should they refer to other honors or awards, past or present...”

“In the preholiday rush, a letter went out that wasn’t properly vetted, and we sincerely apologize for the error,”
says MPRM Communications co-president Mark Pogachefsky. “Chris didn’t know the rules, and we didn’t catch it -- it just went through the email system.”

While others speculate that there may be consequences, or that the screenwriter’s chances were slim to none getting a nomination, it seems that this was a minor infraction on the regulations. While the AMPAS office doesn’t open until Monday, so we won’t have any word on what they decide to do. Maybe it will be a case of lesson learned so let’s move on. Although many feel that there will be more serious consequences.

What do you think should happen?

Source: THR

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