Yahoo is reporting that the producers of The Hurt Locker are being sued by a Master Sgt. Jeffrey S. Sarver, who claims that they stole the entire idea for the film from his military experience. He even claims that he was the one who came up with the title. This comes only a day after Locker producer Nicolas Chartier was banned from the Oscar ceremony for writing an e-mail to Academy members pleading with them to vote for his film (and took a noted jab at a certain "$500 million movie"). It is not the lawsuit itself that has rubbed me the wrong way, but the timing. Doesn't this all seem like a self-fulfilling prophecy for those who hate The Hurt Locker? It seems like Bigelow's film has gone from the small underdog in the media to the snooty, pretentious film that makes itself too high brow for contemporary audiences (who may have liked a film named Avatar).
Am I proclaiming an Oscar conspiracy? Well, I dunno. You make up your minds.