With this week’s announcement of the cancellation of the Golden Globes awards ceremony due to the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) support thereof, the fate of next month’s Academy Awards ceremony is uncertain.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is doing all in its power to ensure the event takes place. However, the show is already behind schedule as there are no writers to work on the script. Normally, the Academy assembles one group of writers while the host brings in his/her own set of writers. The 2008 host Jon Stewart hasn’t brought any writers in at this stage either.
The Academy plans to approach the WGA for a waiver. If the strike isn’t over by late February (the Awards are scheduled for 24 February) or the Academy isn’t granted a waiver, then it could decided to postpone the show, something that has happened three times in Academy history (1938, 1969 and 1981).