Writers Guild Rejects Waivers for Awards Shows — Golden Globes to Be Entertaining?

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Last night in Los Angeles, the Writers Guild denied a waiver that would have allowed the Golden Globes to use writers for its live NBC telecast and turned down a request from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to show clips from movies and previous awards shows during its Oscar broadcast in February (meaning they won't even be able to show footage from nominated films, we guess). Nikki Finke says that when the Oscars ask to use writers, they will probably be turned down too.

According to the L.A. Times, if the WGA announces plans to picket the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will likely let the ceremony proceed but scrap the telecast, thus allowing celebrities to drink, smoke, and curse as much as they want at what would, ironically, be the most entertaining awards show of all time. The Oscars, on the other hand, would lose $30 million licensing fees if they went untelevised, so, writers or not, they'll definitely happen on February 24, even if it means they'll be slightly more boring than they were every previous year.

WGA rejects waiver requests [Variety]
No WGA Waivers For Globes Or Oscars (And Other News From Tonight's Meeting) [Deadline Hollywood Daily]
Golden Globes gala may proceed without a telecast [The Envelope/LAT]