The producer of 'The Hurt Locker', Nicolas Chartier, has been banned from the Oscars.

Nicolas has been banned - despite his movie being nominated for Best Picture - because he was caught sending emails urging Academy members to vote for his film.

A statement from the Academy said: "Nicolas Chartier has been denied attendance at the 82nd Academy Awards as a penalty for violating Academy campaigning standards.

"Chartier had recently disseminated an email to certain Academy voters and other film industry figures in which he solicited votes for his own picture and disparaged one of the other contending films.

"The executive committee of the Academy's Producers Branch, at a special session late Monday, ruled that the ethical lapse merited the revocation of Chartier's invitation to the Awards."

In the email, the producer urges people to vote for his movie over the "$500 million" film - meaning James Cameron's 'Avatar'.

It is the first time a specific nominee has ever been barred from the Academy Awards, which takes place on March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

The movie, which is directed by James Cameron's ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, has been nominated for nine Oscars in total, including Best Editing, Best Directing and Best Actor.