Crash producer loses Oscar appeal March 27, 2008 synopsis Bob Yari has lost an appeal seeking a retroactive Oscar for producing 2005’s Crash, Variety reports. The producer filed a suit against the Academy because he lost out on an Oscar when Crash won the Best Picture prize in 2005. Academy rules were changed the year of Crash’s victory to limit the number of producers awarded an Oscar. Co-writer and director Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman were nominated, while Yari, who produced and backed the film financially, was not. Yari had accused the Academy of damaging his reputation by denying him an Oscar. DISCUSS: Does the Academy need to reevaluate its rules or is Yari just a sore loser? Tell us!