One moment of idiocy and now he may have blown his chances of being nominated for an Academy Award. By sending out one mere email, the screenwriter of low-budget flick Buried, Chris Sparling broke Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) rules regarding the campaigning for votes. Buried, tells the story of US truck driver, Paul Conroy (played by Ryan Reynolds) who wakes up to find he’s been buried alive in a coffin following the attack of his convoy. Unless $5 million in ransom is paid he will die.
After winning Best Original Screenplay at the National Board of Review, Sparling sent an email to all members of the Academy’s writers branch, explained the distinctions of his screenplay,acquainting the win at the Nation Board Of Review and by utilizing review quotes of the movie. Additionally he asked voters to place Buried forth or fifth on nominating ballot. What a complete twonk.
AMPAS rules state: “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.” Now The Hollywood Reporter have speculated Sparling could be disqualified for Oscar consideration.
This isn’t the first act of idiocy regarding the campaigning of votes in the awards sphere. Last year The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier was banned from the Oscar ceremony. He received his Academy Award of Best Film for The Hurt Locker, after the ceremony, but he missed his moment of triumph after being such an idiot.
How AMPAS decides Sparling’s fate will be announced on January 3rd. To be quite honest he probably wouldn’t have been nominated anyway, considering the other original screenplays he’s competing against, such as Inception by Chris Nolan and The Kids Are All Right by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. But with this simple act of indulgence he buried the small chances he had of being nominated. What more to say – the man was a complete idiot!