The American Society of Cinematographers has moved its awards show forward a week to Feb. 13 and switched venues from the Century Plaza Hotel to the Hollywood & Highland complex due to a union boycott of the hotel.
Move, announced Friday, means the show’s attendees won’t have to cross a picket line. Contract talks between the Los Angeles Hotel Employers Council — which includes the Century Plaza and eight other luxury hotels — and the Unite Here union collapsed last month, making a protest likely.
Three other Hollywood orgs also left the Century Plaza due to the boycott — the Directors Guild of America moved its Jan. 29 show to the Beverly Hilton; the Producers Guild of America moved its Jan. 22 awards show to Culver Studios; and the Writers Guild of America West will hold its Feb. 19 kudos show at the Hollywood Palladium.
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In addition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has switched its Feb. 12 scientific and technical awards dinner from the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel — another venue targeted for a union boycott — to the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.
The Los Angeles hotel workers have been without a contract since July. They 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 ASC nominations have been a reliable indicator of Academy Awards contenders in the cinematography category, with a match rate of nearly 90%. Five of the past nine ASC winners also took home Oscars, though last year John Schwartzman won the ASC award for “Seabiscuit” while Russell Boyd took the Oscar for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”