Think 'The Hurt Locker' has been hit by some suspiciously timed bad press as Oscar voting wound down last weekend? It's nothing compared to the bad publicity and outright smears some Oscar contenders have faced in years past. Just ask Matt Damon.

Damon was the target of an especially outrageous smear when he and Ben Affleck were nominated for Best Original Screenplay for 'Good Will Hunting' in 1998. Speaking to the New York Times' Carpetbagger blog, Damon recalled the flap that arose when no less an authority than Variety published a story suggesting that Oscar-winning screenwriter Ted Tally ('The Silence of the Lambs') had actually written the script, not the actors-turned-rookie screenwriters.
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