The Writers Guild Rejects Golden Globes and Oscar Writing Waivers
The awards season is in dire trouble now. The WGA is refusing to allows its members to write for the Academy Awards or Golden Globe presentations and has denied waiver requests from both the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (for the Globes) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (for the Oscars). The HFPA requested a waiver to allow writers to write for their show, but were denied. In a separate occurrence, the Academy was denied their request to use clips and old footage from previous shows during its telecast on February 24th. Things might have taken a turn for the worst with the Writers Strike, especially if both organizations can't recover their awards shows.
This is all starting to sound bad. I'm not exactly sure what the Golden Globes show, being telecast on January 13th, would be like without writers on board, but it'll probably turn out quite bland. However, neither the HFPA or the AMPAS is giving up so easily, and each is seeking different methods for approval. Dick Clark Productions, the company producing the Globes, said (via Variety) that "We are encouraged by the fact that the WGA has announced that it plans to negotiate agreements with independent production companies. Therefore, we will attempt to reach some type of agreement with them on behalf of the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards."
As for the Oscars and AMPAS, their request for clips was a "standard, annual request" that goes out to all relevant industry guilds. I'm not entirely sure whether a denial from the WGA means that they'll be forced not to show any clips (especially if they receive approval from every other guild). However, I can say an Oscars show without clips would be like a basketball game without a basketball. Whatever the case may be, fear for the worst with both the Oscars and the Golden Globes. If things don't start to come together anytime soon, this may result in a big, ugly mess.
The Golden Globes will be shown live on NBC at 8PM (EST) on Sunday, January 13th from the The Beverly Hilton in LA. In a funny note, Alec Baldwin has offered to host the Globes at his apartment if the strike isn't resolved (via The Huffington Post). The Oscars will be hosted by Jon Stewart and shown live on ABC on Sunday, February 24th from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. It's likely both shows will include picket lines outside.
If you're curious to read about more, including about the meeting that was held on the matter earlier tonight, head over to Deadline Hollywood. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council will hold a hearing about the Writers Strike's economic impact and the AMPTP and WGA will both testify.
And in other related "lighter" writers strike news, a new video has arrived online titled Hollywood Rumble. It's just a fun all-out Anchorman-style fight between the producers and writers. There's even a "that's what she said" line in it. However, my favorite part is "I'm watching this on the internet right now!" and "Download that!" Oh, those creative writers… Check it out via YouTube below:
What's your take on this whole matter? Are the Golden Globes and Oscars really doomed? Is the WGA taking this too far? Let us know what you think in the comments below.