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Golden Globes to be Picketed by Striking Writers

Bad news for the Golden Globes: The striking Writers Guild of America has turned down a request from the producers of the Golden Globes to allow a union writer to work on the January show. That means the ceremony will be treated like any other Hollywood production or studio being picketed by the writers.

Well, not just any production. It's still a fancy awards ceremony, after all, so the writers plan to strike in their red-carpet-ready gowns and tuxes. As for how to deal with nominees who want to accept their awards without crossing the picket line, the current strategy is to offer winners the chance to accept their award outside, with their speeches broadcast on the Internet. (For its part, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers struck back by nominating the WGA for Worst Supporting Union. No, really, that's what they said.)

It's going to be interesting to see how the nominees decide to deal with this. Katherine Heigl has said she won't cross the picket line, while Tina Fey sounded ready to attend. Will anyone even go inside the theater? Will there be anything for NBC to broadcast? (The LA Times says the show might not be televised at all.) Or will the sides be able to work something out before the Jan. 13 ceremony? And what will this mean for the Oscars? One thing's for sure: It's going to be an interesting Winter in Hollywood.

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jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
I think its kind of a bummer that they're doing this. I've been totally supportive of the writers and their strike. But, it seems really unfair to make accepting awards for work they've already done a "crossing the picket line" issue.
Lizmatic Lizmatic 8 years
I understand and agree with the writers, but at the same time when it comes to things like awards they should be a little supportive. I am not saying they should participate but they shouldn't be up in arms if someone who worked hard wants to accept an award for their work especially seeing as how awards season is validation for the the film and television industry. I mean, people dream of this very moment.
tralalala tralalala 8 years
I actually know someone whos film is up for a golden globe this year (yay!) and if he crosses the picket line, I won't be speaking to him for a while. I'm really glad that SAG has asked their actors not to cross the picket line. I hope they broadcast the ceremony, I think it should be pretty hilarious this year. Bad improvising + no host + no clips = awesome
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 8 years
Ahhh I am so tired of this strike!!!!
Daisie Daisie 8 years
I understand that this is a once in a lifetime thing for the actors and I feel terrible about it - not getting all the pomp and circumstance. But whoever wins, still wins. I agree with what the WGA is doing. By denying any exceptions for writing, even for special award shows, they are showing solidarity and showing that no one is more important than anyone else. (Which is kind of what this is all about.) Perhaps, by everyone missing these extra large special events, the "powers that be" (the major players in AMTPT - just 8 companies really that run it) will realize just how important the writers are. Half a season might be able to be done without too much irritation from the public, what with all the reality shows they are planning on throwing at us. But entertainment junkies and rabid show fans love and want to see their fav shows and actors receive awards and win. If there are no Golden Globes or Oscars, the public will be mad and just want this thing over. And if there is no fall '08 season...there is going to be an uproar. The WGA members are walking the line that night in black tie. Also, any member walking (or just there, I think) who receives an award can accept it and still make their speech on the red carpet. Everyone loses here....studios lose ratings, studios lose money by losing advertisers and by having to refund advertising money, writers/actors/directors and families don't get to enjoy that special award show. Writers/actors/directors/and everyone else in the industry that work on shows like lighting/catering/costumes/sound, etc. lose out because they are not making any money. What's truly not fair is the way the writers are being treated. AMPTP walked away from the table both times they sat at it. Sometimes you have to take a stand. Sad that it runs into award season, but a living and a fair deal is more important, imo. Soon both the Director's Guild and the Screen Actor's Guild have their own contracts with AMPTP expiring and the same main issue, that of new media profit sharing, is going to be on the table. The DGA and SAG will strike as well if needed, and the WGA will be behind them as they both are behind the WGA now. It is up to AMPTP to be fair to all and quit stalling Hollywood. An author writes a book. They get a portion of the profit of that book whether it is sold as a hardcover, paperback, audio book, braille version, e-book, or otherwise. They have a set amount for each different sale...say 10 cents for a hardcover, 4 cents for an audio book. They could sell 8 or 8000 audio books and still get only 4 cetns per copy. Why is this concept so hard for the AMPTP to understand and to implement for tv writers? Pick a price, set it and pay. Stop making money off "promos" with ads that go into your pocket and play fair. Check out unitedhollywood.com for more info.
liz26111 liz26111 8 years
To me the only reason they are not allowing them to go is that the show is they cannot gain anything out of it. Allowing writers to go to the SAG is ok since both writer and actors want money from online. The Golden Globes offers nothing. Well that I am aware of.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
This whole things is a mess. Those writers are just as worthy as anyone else there in Hollywood. They make it possible for so many people. So they should get what they deserve.
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
I totally agree, Tinkerbell.
roxy17 roxy17 8 years
I agree Tinkerbell!
TinkerbellSF TinkerbellSF 8 years
It's too bad - there were great performances this year. This "moment" is so once in a life time (I'm thinking of folks like Ellen Page) - it would be sort of heartbreaking to watch talented people totally watch their "year" go by without an awards season.
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
Does anybody else think it's a little unfair to put that kind of pressure on the nominees? I think they should make an exception.
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