Yesterday Michael Cieply and David Carr at the New York Times reported that the WGA had given the Golden Globes and the Oscars the cold shoulder, turning down requests to allow writers to work on the former and to air historical film clips during the latter, and preemptively deciding that, should the strike continue, members won’t be granted a waiver to write the cheery Academy Award show banter we all barely tolerate each year. "[A]s delicious as the prospect might be to people who have sat through punishing three-and-a-half hour Oscar broadcasts, a simple tick-tock of the names would not make for very compelling viewing," Cieply and Carr note. On the other hand, wouldn’t abandoning stars to ad-lib small talk make for the most wonderfully awkward viewing of all?
Lynn Elder at the AP reports today that the writer’s strike has claimed another award show victim, the People’s Choice Awards. We know, we know: Anything but the People’s Choice Awards! The ceremony will no longer be airing live but will taped, with "pre-recorded acceptance speeches by winners as well as their responses to questions sent in by fans." While last year’s big winner was "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest," we have to give the PCAs one thing â€” there’s something artlessly honest about giving out prizes for "Favorite Movie," "Favorite Action Star" (with a separate category for "Favorite Movie Star," an interesting divide), et al., instead of the ever more presumptuous "Best."
Also: the SAG award nominations went up today and can be found here; we’re not the first to make this observation, and it’s not the first year it’s been made, but what a blah year for female lead roles.