NBC replaces Golden Globes Awardcast with press conference, clip show and party report. Yet stars may consider any participation breaking spirit of strike
By Jeffrey Jolson
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 1/7/08 – And the winners are … the writers and actors whose planned boycott have forced NBC to cancel the Golden Globes telecast and replace it with a bizarre press conference scheme.
Whether the 70 nominees that stated they would not attend the 2008 telecast of the Golden Globes will agree to participate in taped interviews or party at the Beverly Hilton locale that evening is a big question mark. Some actors have expressed privately that any participation is symbolic of crossing the proverbial picket line and dishonoring the spirit of the strike.
NBC told movie studios on Monday by email that at 9 pm EST “There will be a press conference covered by NBC News announcing the Golden Globe winners. At 8 pm, we are negotiating with Dick Clark Enterprises for a one-hour retrospective/clip show. At 7 pm we will air a Dateline with clips and interviews with nominees. (Currently scheduled to air for two hours on Saturday night.) At 10 pm we will broadcast an “Access Hollywood” style, Golden Globes party show…visiting the various parties in Hollywood.”
The televised press conference (at 6 pm on the West Coast) was confirmed by the HFPA.
Having the show without live network coverage apparently is what the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was seriously considering all weekend at HFPA headquarters in West Los Angeles.
The network was determined to air something. NBC has a contract for that show and it expects it to be delivered. The show, literally, must go on, and air Jan. 13 on NBC. Or so says the network, that is part of a company being struck by the Writers Guild. That’s what the writers are after. They want NBC and the film studios whose movies are promoted to feel the pinch.
NBC did not respond when asked whether the association would be paid by the network or by NBC News for access to the event, or whether other news media would be given access.
The Globes broadcast brings in a reported $6 million for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with half going to dick clark productions. The show also has sold millions of dollars in advertising for the network, and it is not clear what the audience would be or whether money or make-goods would be returned to advertisers.
Asked if it would call off its pickets if a new approach was implemented, the Writers Guild of America did not immediately respond.
A similar scenario is on the horizon for the Academy Awards. Oscar broadcast producer Gil Cates has vowed there will be a televised show, pickets or no. However, some people would likely still tune in to see who won the Oscars. It remains to be seen if they care who the 80 foreign film critics of the HFPA like best.
Although all 70 nominees said they would not attend the Globes this year through a SAG statement, the nominations include union man George Clooney as well as Angeline Jolie, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Daniel Day-Lewis, George Clooney, Keira Knightley, Cate Blanchett and Johnny Depp. Among the nominated films are “There Will Be Blood,”"American Gangster” and “Sweeney Todd.”
During the 1980 Hollywood strike, only one winner showed up for the Emmys, Powers Booth. He paid dearly for that dubious honor.