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A hard picket line to cross

Nominees say they'll respect WGA strike

Nominees were excited Thursday by the recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. but vexed by the possibility of pickets at the Golden Globes.

“It would be very hard for me to cross a WGA picket line,” said David Cronenberg, a longtime WGA member and director of “Eastern Promises,” nominated for drama film. “Everybody will have the same problem.”

Glenn Close, nominated for her leading role in the FX series “Damages,” said, “I would never cross a picket line.”

The point could be moot: The strike could be settled by the Jan. 13 telecast on NBC, the Writers Guild might grant the show a waiver — or scribes may decide it would be in their best interest not to picket as well as to allow writers and supporters to bring attention to the issue on worldwide TV.

Ryan Gosling (“Lars and the Real Girl”) joked that he’s going to find guidance from a fellow nominee: “I want talk to Tom Hanks about it because I imagine he always does the right thing.”

“Hairspray” director Adam Shankman said he thought the writers would be doing themselves a disservice by not attending.

“I think it would be a smack in the face if there was striking at the ceremony because it would be undermining the achievements of their own guild, and that would be reprehensible. I think it’s a horribly counterintuitive idea to strike something that celebrates their own membership,” he said.

AMC’s rookie series “Mad Men” snagged a drama series nom. The show’s presence at the Globes would certainly help expose new viewers to the skein, but exec producer Matt Weiner — an Emmy-nominated writer for “The Sopranos” — says he may not be there to celebrate his good fortune.

“I will not cross the picket line,” said Weiner, who had hoped to begin writing season two a few weeks ago but is waiting for a settlement before starting up.

“There’s no way I would cross a picket line,” added the show’s leading man, Jon Hamm. “Not only in respect to Matt, but I’m in 100% agreement with him in this fight. It would be a drag not to go, but you have to take a stand.”

Some said it was too early to make a decision.

John Travolta, tabbed for “Hairspray,” said, “I have faith that as long as communication and consultation are happening, things will work out. We just have to respect the process.”

Screenwriter Christopher Hampton, nominated for his work on “Atonement,” said, “I’m not sure whether or not I’ll attend the ceremony, but I’m going to take advice and see what develops. I’m very aware of the circumstances.”

“Entourage” supporting actor Jeremy Piven said, “I don’t know about whether or not I’ll be attending because to be honest with you, I don’t know a lot about the rules and limitations of what is happening. I need to look into it.”

“Samantha Who?” nominee Christina Applegate added: “Oh yeah, of course, I’m planning on attending. Everything’s so up in the air right now. It’s a strange time for all of us because our future is in someone else’s hands.”

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