The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has decided to avoid the prospect of a union picket line outside its Feb. 12 scientific and technical awards dinner.
AMPAS is moving the event from the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel — one of nine hotels targeted for a union boycott — to the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.
AMPAS spokeswoman Dawn Newell confirmed the move Tuesday, adding, “We have a lot of people attending who would not want to cross a picket line.”
Los Angeles hotel workers repped by Unite Here launched a boycott in mid-November of the nine hotels after contract talks failed to progress. The workers, who have been without a contract since July, want better wages plus a deal that would expire in 2006, the same time as contracts with hotels in nine other major cities; the hotels oppose a joint termination date.
The decision is the latest by a Hollywood org to move its awards show away from a boycotted venue. Contract talks between the Los Angeles Hotel Employer’s Council — which includes the Century Plaza, Regent Beverly and seven other luxury hotels — and the Unite Here union collapsed last month.
The Directors Guild of America announced last month it would move its Jan. 29 show to the Beverly Hilton, a week after the Producers Guild of America moved its Jan. 22 awards show from the Century Plaza to Culver Studios. The Writers Guild of America West has not yet decided whether to switch from the Century Plaza for its Feb. 19 kudos show.
The American Society of Cinematographers also plans to switch its Feb. 20 awards ceremony to another site due to the union boycott of the Century Plaza.