The show will go on: Oscar organisers

LOS ANGELES:

Academy Awards organisers expressed confidence on Tuesday that this year’s Oscars would take place as planned, as Hollywood digested the bombshell cancellation of the Golden Globes.

Bruce Davis, the executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said Oscars officials were hopeful of a deal with striking writers that would allow the film industry’s biggest annual awards show to go ahead.

“At this stage we are still making our plans as normal,” Davis told AFP.

The feud between writers and producers claimed its highest profile casualty on Monday when it was confirmed that this weekend’s Golden Globes ceremony, a key highlight of the Hollywood movie awards season, had been scrapped.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has already said its members will not be allowed to write the script for the Oscars, but has not yet explicitly confirmed if it will picket the show, which is being broadcast by the ABC network — one of the companies that is the subject

of strike action. Davis said while the Oscars could probably survive the absence of writers’ input in the ceremony, picket lines would pose a headache, raising the grim prospect of a Globes-style actors boycott.

“I think we could absorb not having writers if they don’t put up a picket line,” Davis told AFP. “But a picket line is a whole new problem,” he added.

Davis said organisers would be able to wait until a few days before the show to certain aspects of the event, comparing it to 2003, when the Oscars took place a few days after the US-led war in Iraq began.

Awards season pundits said that if the WGA pickets the Oscars, the success of the show could hinge on whether the SAG urged actors not to attend the event as they did at the Globes.

“It’s going to be very interesting to see what the actors do if there are WGA picket lines,” said Tom O’Neil, a columnist with the Los Angeles Times’ theenvelope.com. “It would be hypocritical of them to cross picket lines at the Oscars when they did not do so at the Golden Globes,” he added. — AFP