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Golden Globes Ceremony Officially Canceled

It's official: There will be no ceremony for the Golden Globe Awards this Sunday. Instead, NBC News will broadcast a one-hour live press conference announcing the winners. It's still unclear whether winners will be asked to give acceptance speeches. Jorge Camara, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, issued a statement saying the following:

We are all very disappointed that our traditional awards ceremony will not take place this year and that millions of viewers worldwide will be deprived of seeing many of their favorite stars celebrating 2007’s outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television. We take some comfort, however, in knowing that this year’s Golden Globe Award recipients will be announced on the date originally scheduled.

Earlier today, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily and The Envelope, an e-mail went out to studio executives today with the following schedule for Sunday:

  • 7 p.m.: a Dateline NBC show with clips and interviews with nominees
  • 8 p.m.: a retrospective/clip show (still in the works)
  • 9 p.m.: a press conference announcing the winners, to be covered by NBC News
  • 10 p.m.: an Access Hollywood-style special visiting some of the Hollywood parties

NBC still hasn't confirmed the other parts of the announcement, but stay tuned — I'll keep you updated as I learn more. The striking Writers Guild of America also hasn't issued any statements yet. I'm glad we'll get to learn the winners, but this sounds like a big bummer for those of us who were looking forward to the gowns and speeches.

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