EXCLUSIVE: Just because he’s been banished from Sunday’s Academy Awards doesn’t mean Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier won’t have any place to watch. Instead. I’ve learned he’ll be with a crowd of people who’ll make him feel like a winner. The Voltage Pictures chief and his family will be the guests of honor at a viewing party that is being put together by WME Global chief Graham Taylor and Blue Valentine producer Lynnette Howell, who is Graham’s wife. Taylor wasn’t involved with the film, but I understand he hated the prospect of an indie filmmaker getting ostracized for being overly enthusiastic about his film.
At a recent lunch, Taylor promised Chartier to provide the fallback plan should the Academy take back Chartier’s 5 Oscar tickets, one of whose recipients were to include the producer’s mother whom he had flown in from France for the big night. Once today’s Academy announcement came down barring Chartier, he e-mailed Taylor and the party was on.
Taylor and Howell will host the bash in their Venice home. They’ve hired a bartender, they’re ordering French food, they’re renting a red carpet for their entryway, and they’re putting together a guest list of 100 who’ll dress casually so Chartier will shine in his tux. Taylor is even looking for a beret for the dog.
It will be interesting to see if others rally around Chartier. Several Oscar vets have told me in recent weeks of others’ lobbying transgressions that seemed worse than Chartier’s overheated memo. So perhaps he deserves to dress up and salvage his Sunday Academy Awards night.