SAG: No actors will attend the Globes

SAG president Alan Rosenberg has announced that none the more than 70 actors nominated for a Golden Globe will attend the Jan. 13 ceremonies.

The event’s been thrown into turmoil and uncertainty due to the WGA’s refusal to grant a strike waiver to producer Dick Clark Prods., which offered to accept the same terms as David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants banner. Instead, the guild’s asserted that it will picket the Globes.

In response, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Jorge Camara released this statement: “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been placed in an extremely difficult position with the ongoing Writers Guild strike.  We are making every effort to work out a solution that will permit the Golden Globes to take place with the creative community present to participate.  We hope to announce a resolution to this unfortunate predicament on Monday.”

Rosenberg, who made the announcement Friday afternoon, has been a staunch supporter of the two-month strike.

“After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees and their representatives over the past several weeks, there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters,” he said. “We applaud our members for this remarkable show of solidarity for striking Writers Guild of America writers.”

Rosenberg also announced SAG’s urging its members to appear on the two Worldwide Pants shows that have waiver deals with the WGA — “Late Night with David Letterman” and “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” — but indicated they should avoid other shows. That would include “The Tonight Show With Jay Leon,” although Rosenberg did not specify any other show by name.

“Actors who are asked to appear on the struck network talk shows will have to cross WGA picket lines, creating the same situation that has led to the consensus among actors to skip the golden Globes,” Rosenberg said. “As I have said since this strke began on November 5th, we must stand united with our brothers and sisters at the WGA.”

Said Writers Guild of America, West President Patric M. Verrone, “We are grateful to our brothers and sisters in SAG for their continued solidarity and support. The entire awards show season is being put in jeopardy by the intransigence of a few big media corporations. We urge the conglomerates to return to the bargaining table they abandoned and negotiate a fair and reasonable deal with writers to put this town back to work.”

— Dave McNary