Strike or no, the Oscars will still be on TV
While depressing cinema is the thing for 2007, with No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood leading the Academy Award nominations released Tuesday with eight apiece, the true drama is whether Hollywood would attend a ceremony for the granddaddy of all awards shows.
With the writers’ strike lingering, it’s entirely possible there won’t be any scribe-supported show for the 80th round of the Oscars, and there’s little evidence people would show up Feb. 24.
“I would never cross a picket line ever. I couldn’t,” Tony Gilroy, a directing nominee for Michael Clayton, told the AP. “I’m a 20-year member of the Writers Guild. I think whatever they work out is going to be one way or the other but no, I could never cross a picket line. I think there’s a lot of people who feel that way.”
And if the writers won’t cross, neither will most stars, since they have a contract due later this year and would like the support. Viggo Mortensen, who received a best-actor nomination for Eastern Promises, said he would not go if the strike is still on. “But I have a feeling they’ll solve it,” he said. “I hope they do. I’m sure my mom would like to see my on TV and so forth. But if there’s a strike I’m not crossing the line.”
But Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, said the show will go on regardless. “We’re dealing with contingencies but we’re thrusting ahead,” he said. “The point is, we’re going to have a show, and we’re going to give these incredible artists what they’re due.”
Meanwhile, everyone seems to forget if the paying public decides they don’t care either way, they’ll all be out of work.
For a list of Oscar nominees, go here.