Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Now James Frazier might lose that Academy Award of his.
An Australian film-maker's 1997 Academy Award is in doubt, after a US judge ruled his "revolutionary" camera lens does not work.
Los Angeles Judge Gary Feess has ruled that Australian James Frazier faked a videotape to win a patent for the lens system, court officials say.
The judge has nullified the camera's patent and Oscar officials say the case thrusts the future of Mr Frazier's award into doubt. [...]
John Pavlik of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which runs the Oscars, says the academy is examining the ruling. [...]
"Awards can be withdrawn and will be if the winners are proved to be ineligible for some reason.
Mr Pavlik says he knows of only one instance when an Oscar has been taken back from its winner.
In 1969, the academy took back the golden statuette from documentary winner The Young Americans because it was found that it had been released too early to be eligible for the 1968 Oscars.