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“Buried”: Podría quedar fuera de la competencia por los Oscar / Could be out of the competition for the Oscar

Posted on: 8 enero, 2011




‘Buried’: ¿Enterrada antes de los Oscar?

Una carta enviada por el guionista de la película Buried (Enterrado) de Rodrigo Cortés a los miembros de la Academia del Cine y de las Artes podría descalificar a la película en su carrera a los Oscar

EL PAÍS – Madrid – 03/01/2011

Si el año pasado fue En tierra hostil de Katherine Bigelow la película que despertó serias críticas por su campaña para arrancar nominaciones a los Oscar, este año es una producción española: Buried, de Rodrigo Cortés. El próximo 25 de enero se anuncian las candidatas a estos prestigiosos premios cinematográficos y según desveló el pasado jueves The Hollywood Reporter, el guionista de la película, Chris Sparling, no habría respetado las reglas de la Academia del Cine y de las Artes de Hollywood al enviar una carta a los académicos vendiendo las virtudes de esta película protagonizada por Ryan Reynolds. Horas más tarde de la publicación del artículo, el publicista del guionista envió un comunicado de prensa disculpándose por la acción de su representado. La Academia todavía no se ha pronunciado sobre este caso pero una de las medidas podría ser la descalificación de la película en su carrera a los Oscars.

En la carta titulada Para su consideración: ‘Buried’ Mejor Guión Original, Sparling hace un repasado de las críticas, superlativas, recibidas por la película en Estados Unidos y comenta las virtudes de un guión que hace creíble “sin flashbacks ni cortes” el enterramiento del personaje principal interpretado por el actor Ryan Reynolds. Tal acción está contemplada en la regulación que tienen que cumplir la películas que compitan a los Oscar y podría dar lugar a la descalificación de la película. En la carta que el representante del guionista envío a The Hollywood Reporter, el publicista afirma que su representado no sabía lo que hacía y pide perdón en su nombre.




Exclusive: ‘Buried’ screenwriter apparently skirts Oscar rules, sends campaign letter directly to Academy members

by Dave Karger – 30 Dic. 2010

Has Buried screenwriter Chris Sparling just broken Academy campaigning rules? In one of the more brazen Oscar campaign tactics I’ve ever seen, Sparling has sent a letter to members of the Academy’s writers branch personally extolling the virtues of his script and asking them to vote for it for Best Original Screenplay. Under the heading FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION “BURIED” BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, Sparling writes:

Dear Screenwriter,

Here’s your writing prompt.

You are to write a feature-length screenplay with only one on-screen character. This character is to remain in only one location for the entire duration of the film, and that one location must be a 2′ x 7′ wooden box. You cannot use flashbacks, cut-aways, or any other narrative device that would take the action outside that box.


The film based on your screenplay must be met by incredibly high critical praise. Roger Ebert must give it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars and give it two thumbs up; Variety must remark that the film is “…an ingenious exercise in sustained tension that would have made Alfred Hitchcock proud;” Jeffrey Lyons must describe the film you wrote as “Mesmerizing;” and you must be awarded Best Original Screenplay of 2010 by the National Board of Review.

Sound impossible? It’s not. In fact, all this exactly describes the film BURIED.

He then writes a synopsis of the movie, before continuing: 

Every second of the film described above takes place inside the aforementioned 2′ x 7′ wooden box. Again, not a single cutaway or flashback occurs; we are complete [sic] immersed in this world from Fade In to Fade Out. This year has seen many great films hit theaters, many of which were based on original material; however, no film this year — or ever — has done so much with so little.

If you have not yet seen BURIED, I respectfully ask that you at least read the screenplay before casting your Academy Award vote for Best Original Screenplay. And while BURIED might not end up being your first choice (or even second or third), please consider it for fourth or fifth. This project represents the hard work of so many people — people who were willing to take a chance on my so called “impossible” script, and I speak for all of them when I say we would be honored to land on your ballot for Best Original Screenplay.

Thank you so very much.

Best regards,
Chris Sparling
Screenwriter of BURIED

The return address on the letter belongs to public relations firm mPRm, which has been working on the film. Can this possibly be in accordance with the Academy’s campaigning rules? According to AMPAS regulations, “Brief cover letters may accompany screeners and scripts.” But the rules also state that “Mailings that extol the merits of a film, an achievement or an individual are not permitted. Mailings containing quotes from reviews about a film or achievement are not permitted, nor should they refer to other honors or awards, past or present, that have been received by either the film or those involved in the production or distribution of the film.” (Neither mPRm nor AMPAS could be reached for comment.)

Last spring, The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier was banned from attending the 2010 Oscar ceremony after sending an email to voters asking them to vote for his film. Since Sparling seems like a long shot for a nomination at this point, perhaps he doesn’t care about losing tickets he doesn’t currently possess anyway.

UPDATE: MPRM president Marc Pogachevsky is apologizing for the letter, saying that Sparling didn’t know it was against the rules and explaining that in the pre-holiday rush, the letter was not properly vetted by Sparling’s reps.






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