For once, the movie award season is actually exciting and it has absolutely nothing to do with films nominated.
The Screen Actors Guild announced yesterday that Golden Globe-nominated actors (72 in total) will likely boycott the January 13th ceremony, one of Hollywood’s signature events to show their support for the WGA strike.
Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg said in a statement:
“After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees and their representatives over the past several weeks, there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters. We applaud our members for this remarkable show of solidarity for striking Writers Guild of America writers.
“We have also been asked about our position regarding network talk shows. We urge our members to appear on the two programs that have independent agreements with the WGA, The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. However, actors who are asked to appear on the struck network talk shows will have to cross WGA picket lines, creating the same situation that has led to the consensus among actors to skip the Golden Globes.
“As I have said since this strike began on November 5th, we must stand united with our brothers and sisters at the WGA.”
Jorge Camara, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, said in a statement:
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been placed in an extremely difficult position with the ongoing Writers Guild strike. We are making every effort to work out a solution that will permit the Golden Globes to take place with the creative community present to participate. We hope to announce a resolution to this unfortunate predicament on Monday.”
NBC wants the telecast to air despite the writer’s strike and the HFPA suggestion for the Golden Globes be awarded at a private ceremony .
“Sources say the HFPA has in the past few days been pressing NBC not to air the telecast and had been hoping to convince the network before the end of the week. The HFPA hoped that a private ceremony would have prompted the WGA to drop its picket plans and in turn lead to SAG change its tune on star attendance.But NBC has declined the HFPA’s request — continuing a firm strike policy also evident in the return of Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien to the airwaves — and the network says it’s still planning to go ahead with the Globes telecast Jan. 13.” [Source]