No WGA Wavers for Golden Globes or Oscars

The ongoing writers strike will cast a pall over both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards this year.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association had requested a waiver to allow writers to work on the Jan. 13 Golden Globes ceremony, but that request was rejected by the WGA. In a letter released today, the organization said that granting a waiver “would not advance” the guild’s ongoing battle with studios to negotiate a new contract. The HFPA responded that it “will attempt to reach some type of agreement with them on behalf of the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will recognize and honor outstanding achievements in both movies and television programming made before the strike.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had made its annual request for the use of clips during the Feb. 24 Oscar telecast to the writers guild and other relevant industry guilds that must grant approval, but this request also was rejected by the WGA. It’s unknown whether WGA member Jon Stewart will still host the Oscars as planned.

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