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Will Oscars also be hit by the Hollywood writers' strike?

india Updated: Jan 09, 2008 18:57 IST
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Hollywood is fearing that the writers' strike, supported by many actors, may prove disastrous for the Oscars, just as it has forced a big paring down of the Golden Globes Awards ceremony scheduled on January 13.

Winners of the Golden Globes for year ended 2007 will now be announced in a news conference instead of the glamorous sit-down red carpet dinner. The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will not have its usual minute-by-minute live coverage - it will only show clips featuring nominees.

The Golden Globes organisers, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were forced to scale down the event after the Screen Writers' Guild, representing some top actors, came out in support of the Writers' Guild of America (WGA), whose members have been on strike for nine weeks now.

Presenters and nominees for the awards such as George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley would not have crossed strikers' picket lines, the organisers feared.

The Globes are seen as a dry run for the Academy Awards, or Oscars, set for Feb 24, and there are indications that the next casualty of the bitter writers' strike will be the Oscars, the ultimate Hollywood event worldwide.

Bruce Davis, executive director of the Oscar awards academy, however, has expressed hope that he can reach an agreement with the writers. "We can do the kind of show the public expects of us," he said.

His optimism notwithstanding, Hollywood is feeling the heat of the writers' strike after the television industry was affected - popular late night shows remained off air for almost two months.

Clooney has appealed for an end to the strike, arguing that it is affecting not only the Hollywood film industry, but also businesses such as hospitality and agencies.

Over 10,000 film and television writers have been on strike, demanding more revenues from DVDs, digital downloads and Internet broadcasts.

WGA reached a deal Monday with one production company, United Artists, but talks with major producers have gone nowhere.