Trouble In Tinseltown: Golden Globes Canceled


You can't write this kind of drama. OK, you probably could, but the writers are all still on strike.

We talked about the possibility of this happening two days ago and now it looks like its come true. A press release from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association finally lays to rest the rumors:

“The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards” NBC telecast and champagne dinner in The Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom is officially cancelled."

(by the way, that's their typo of "canceled" and not ours. See what happens when writers go on strike?)

HFPA's press release states that recipients of Golden Globe Awards in the 25 categories will instead be revealed during an hour-long HFPA press conference at The Beverly Hilton to be covered live by NBC News beginning at 6:00 pm PST on January 13:
“We are all very disappointed that our traditional awards ceremony will not take place this year and that millions of viewers worldwide will be deprived of seeing many of their favorite stars celebrating 2007’s outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television,” said Jorge Camara, President of The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “We take some comfort, however, in knowing that this year’s Golden Globe Award recipients will be announced on the date originally scheduled.”

How it all began
As speculation about what the writers strike would mean for the televised program began to build, The Writers Guild of America officially announced that if the Golden Globes were televised, they would picket in front of the theater. Their reason was that they felt that the show served as a promotion for studios, not to mention a huge cash cow in advertising for NBC, which exclusively broadcasts the event.

Then late last week, the Screen Actors Guild announced they would support their fellow union buddies by stating that not one of the 70 actors nominated for Golden Globe awards would attend the event. Which meant, that the only thing you would hear during the broadcast would be the sound of crickets in an otherwise empty theater.

Hearing this, the HFPA desperately tried to get out of their contract with NBC to put the show on the air, in the hopes that the SAG would then allow its actors to attend.

The rumors that NBC would be pulling the plug on the broadcast started to float Friday afternoon. NBC however, knowing just how much money they make on advertising before, during and after the broadcast was reluctant to part with such a revenue generator and was holding the HFPA to their contract.

Over the weekend NBC and HFPA execs tried to work out some kind of a "middle ground" to appease all the parties involved, and still make a boat-load of money in the process for NBC.

Yesterday, Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood reported that he got a peek at the unofficial schedule NBC was trying to come up with to salvage what they could of the ordeal. This schedule included coverage of Golden Globe parties, retrospective/clip shows, and a special Dateline episode that included clips and interviews with the nominees.

However, it didnt take long for NBC to start getting heavy criticisms over producing a psudo-news awards program. People called it "undignified." This new information, combined with the news that the WGA would still picket in front of the hotel forced NBC's hand to scrap all of their plans and wash their hands of the whole fiasco.

NBC has now relegated themselves to losing their golden goose and will just cover the press conference on Sunday.

So while the peacock and a bunch of foreign critics try to pick up the pieces of their much-publicized quagmire, everyone's eyes will now turn to the main event: The Academy Awards.

The Golden Globe winners will still be announced before the January 22nd date when Oscar ballots are mailed out to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members. Winners of the Golden Globes are usually seen as a barometer for who will win the Oscar, so this means that the Golden Globe winners will still retain their slight advantage at being nominated (and possibly winning) the academy awards, still scheduled to be broadcast on Feb 24.

That is, provided that the WGA strike is still not going on. If it is, this could also be the death knell for Hollywood's biggest night as several actors have already gone on record saying that they would not cross picket lines.

You thought the mess with the Golden Globes were bad, wait until you start messing with the big gold dude named Oscar.

Stay tuned, folks as this on-going soap-opera is only going to get more heated and talked about.

[Editor's Note:] Media Morgue happened to take the lead in breaking this information, echoing what Deadline Hollywood had stated, the second (literally) it was posted. This exclusive information caused a huge surge in visits to the site that ended up killing our background image. We should be back to normal within a day or two. Thanks for your patience.


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Anonymous said...

So what does this mean for the Oscars? Will they picket?

Anonymous said...

Of course they'll strike. It gains popularity for their cause.

The Judge said...

And its a worthy cause! The writers have been getting screwed for years. All they want is a small part of the huge profit that the studios make when content is sent across other mediums.

Anonymous said...

Too bad "cancelled" is actually an accepted spelling.

Jessica P. Wallin said...

Hi there, you wrote this on one of my digg stories: ...

Had it first and dugg it, but since I dont pay off my Digg friends, my story got buried.

I thought your story was great! Why was it buried? Also, what does it mean, "pay off my Digg friends"? I am pretty new to using Digg and I don't really know how it works. My boss told me to submit stories and then send it to other people and make sure you return the favor. My assumption was that the point isn't to get your stories DUGG, but to get your stories READ. Is that not the point of Digg? I still don't understand the whole burying thing or why people do it. Can you help me understand?

Great blog!



The Judge said...

Thanks for the compliment on the article.

If you submit a post to Digg, it will sit in the "upcoming" section of the site. People who read the story and like it will vote on it by "digging" it. The more people that Digg the story, the greater the chances it has of making the front page, or the popular section of Digg. If you make the front page, you get a TON of people clicking on the link and reading the story. There are some articles that have made it to the front page that caused a flood of activity to the site and ended up crashing the host server from the high activity. This is known as the digg effect.

On the other hand, there is a small, but powerful collection of digg users that will "bury" a story they dont like for whatever reason they want. These guys are known as the Digg mafia, or the "bury brigade" and unless you are part of their little clique, your chances of making it to the front page are slim and none.

The point is that we all want our articles read. Personally that is the only reason why I submit stuff to digg in the first place. But to work around the bury brigade is a challenge. The only way to counter them is to form up your own collection of "friends" that will help digg your story to the front page. The more friends you have, the better your chances of getting there.

I was amused that an article with such breaking news only got a handful of diggs and commented that it must be because I didnt bribe my friends to digg it.

Soon after I posted the article, there were dozens, if not hundreds of articles all posting the same thing. My comment on your post was meant just to call your attention to this (and to help drive more people to my article)

Again, thanks for the compliment on the post and I hope you visit Media Morgue again.

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