Oscar Beat: Who Will Cross the Picket Lines for a Globe?

Hollywood Foreign Press Association members, sometimes called “quirky,” have announced their pick for 2008’s Miss Golden Globe — Rumor Willis. That should ensure her presence at the Awards ceremony on January 13th, as well as that of her illustrious showbiz parents, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, not to mention Ashton Kutcher. They’ll be there even if the writers’ strike continues through that date.

Christina Applegate, nominated for her starring role in Samantha Who? will also be there whether or not she has to walk through a hostile picket line to the red carpet. “I feel fantastic about it. I’m so excited. This is the first time where it happened that I couldn’t sleep, and I actually got nervous and didn’t know where it was going to go. It’s my baby. The show has been embraced, and I’m grateful. We love working together. It’s a good day.” As for the strike, she said, “It stinks. We’ve been off for five weeks now, so I don’t know what to do with myself. I miss my crew, and I miss my cast. I just want it to be over as soon as possible. We have four episodes that we’re holding. We’ll just wait until everyone relaunches.” Will she attend the ceremony if the strike is still going? “Of course I’m going to go. Regardless. I’ll be there with bells on. Now comes the task of finding what to wear.”

John Travolta, nominated for his supporting role in Hairspray, hasn’t yet announced what dress he’ll wear.

If the HFPA succeeds in its efforts to obtain a waiver from WGA permitting writers to do what they do best, viewers may be treated to a pretty good show.

On the other hand, with the power of Jack Bauer on steroids to bring award shows to a near halt with a network takedown as collateral damage, we wonder why WGA would consider granting such a waiver. They have already granted one for the SAG awards on January 27th.

It seems that this would be the best time for WGA to wield its formidable leverage and get pretty much what they want. What’s the point of the strike if waivers are granted to award shows at a crucial time when the Guild’s power to influence the future income of members would be the most effective?

Will the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences be granted a waiver if they ask for one?

Hang tough, writers. You may never be in such a position of strength again.

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