Tuesday, January 8, 2008


The show became a casualty of the bitter strike by about 10,500 screenwriters against major studios over how writers should be paid for work distributed over the Internet. Writers had said they would not work for the Golden Globes and actors said they would not cross picket lines to attend the show. Unable to reach a side deal with writers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday canceled the televised Globes dinner, typically a loose and rowdier night out for the stars than the Oscars.

"It is kind of like somebody canceling the senior prom at the last minute," said nominee Nikki Blonsky, the teen plucked from an ice cream shop to star in "Hairspray" which was nominated for best movie or musical.

Academy Awards organizers insisted Tuesday their show will go on, though some say the Oscar broadcast could evaporate after the writers strike shut down the Golden Globes ceremony.

"We are going to do it," Cates said. "I can't elaborate on how we're going to do it, because I don't want anybody to deal with the elaboration in a way that might impact its success."

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