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Actors to boycott Golden Globes in support of writers' strike

The Screen Actors Guild said its members would boycott the Golden Globe awards in support of striking Hollywood writers

india Updated: Jan 05, 2008 13:15 IST

The Screen Actors Guild said its members would boycott the Golden Globe awards in support of striking Hollywood writers.

The 70 actors nominated for awards at the Jan 13 presentation will not cross picket lines in a show of solidarity with the writers, who have been on strike since Nov 5 halting production on dozens of television shows and top movies.

Guild President Alan Rosenberg called the unanimous agreement a "remarkable show of solidarity for striking Writers Guild of America writers".

"As I have said since this strike began on Nov 5, we must stand united with our brothers and sisters at the WGA," he said in a statement Friday.

The dispute, Hollywood's worst labour clash in 20 years, is estimated to be costing more than $20 million a day. Talks broke off in mid-December amid bitter acrimony.

Among other outstanding issues, writers and producers are fighting over how much compensation writers should receive when TV shows and movies are streamed or downloaded over the Internet.

Representatives of the striking screenwriters last month refused to issue a waiver to produce a script for the awards show organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is seen as second in importance among the awards only to the Oscars.

Nominees include Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks.