Is there anything more frustrating than getting a movie and realizing that there's a problem with the DVD? How about if the fate of your Oscar depended on it?
Woody Harrelson's career has been full of Academy Award nominations and near misses, from his mid-'90s role as a porn king and first amendment activist in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" to his 2009 turn as a recovering alcoholic in wartime drama "The Messenger."
If anything has prevented Harrelson from winning in the past, it's been the sheer talent of the actors he's gone up against, but this year, it seems that a simple mistake may mean the difference between Harrelson's first taste of Oscar gold and the actor going home empty handed.
Harrelson is looking like a frontrunner for this year's Best Actor Oscar for his role in cop drama "Rampart," but it seems that a technical error on copies of the screener sent to Academy members may hinder his chances. Gold Derby reports that distributor Millennium Entertainment has sent out a letter to Academy members saying, "It has been brought to our attention that the DVD screeners sent to some Academy members are severely flawed. They were compressed and replicated incorrectly which caused digital noise, artifacting, solarization, and horizontal banding lines to appear on the screener. These technical problems do not exist on the original film."
While new DVDs are being sent out, it remains to be seen if the judges' patience will hold out or if Harrelson will be the victim of that unforgiving mistress technology.
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