Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Golden Globes cancelled

After days of speculation and intense behind-the-scenes machinations, this year's Golden Globes have been cancelled. And so too have the studio parties that were to follow on Sunday evening. Now that's what I call a victory for the WGA, who, clearly, have their SAG brothers and sisters to thank for refusing to cross a picket line and bringing the event crashing down. The awards will now be dealt with by a simple, televised press conference. No stars. No fuss. A few years ago a producer-friend from London had a film nominated for a Globe. She flew to LA with her husband, and had a fine, swanky time. She didn't win, but attending was enough (kind of). I thought of her today, listening to the news of the cancellation. If she'd been nominated this year, she'd be staying in London with the family instead. It doesn't take a genius to figure that any victory means there are losers too. It'll be interesting to see what happens next. It wasn't so long ago, that the gossip was that the strike would be over by Christmas. Then, early this year, the soothsayers were claiming that the strike was failing and all but over. And now this. The Oscars are not so far away. Will they suffer the same fate? Only time will tell on that one.

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