We reported a while back that the WGA denied a waiver to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association so that members of the Writer’s Guild could attend and accept their awards for the Golden Globe Awards. At that point, we could only speculate that the Screen Actors Guild would be left in a tough spot — maintain their “solidarity” and boycott the awards or cross the picket lines and grab their awards.
Today, we have our answer. In an announcement made late Friday afternoon, SAG President Alan Rosenberg said that the actors have chosen to stick with solidarity:
“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,” he said. “We applaud our members for this remarkable show of solidarity for striking Writers Guild of America writers.”
Later in the afternoon, WGA West President Patric Verrone issued a statement praising the WGA and throwing the studios under the proverbial bus:
“We are grateful to our brothers and sisters in SAG for their continued solidarity and support,” Verrone said. “The entire awards show season is being put in jeopardy by the intransigence of a few big media corporations. We urge the conglomerates to return to the bargaining table they abandoned and negotiate a fair and reasonable deal with writers to put this town back to work.”
So what does this all mean for The Golden Globes ceremony scheduled for January 13? Well, for starters the show will be pretty short — as there will be absolutely 0 actors in attendance. It will represent a very clear statement from the members of both guilds to the mega-conglomerats that are withholding from negotiations: the strike is very real and it has soiled the most fruitful time of year for the entertainment industry.
Talking Point: Will you watch The Golden Globes with no actors or writers attending? Would you have watched them anyway?