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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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