Oscar Plans Remain Under Strike Cloud

Academy, keenly aware of Golden Globes' fate, is behind schedule
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 1:53 PM CST
An Oscar statuette goes through a polishing stage during its manufacture, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, at R.S. Owens & Company in Chicago. The two month walkout by members of the Writers Guild of America has...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After the threat of picketing writers shut down the Golden Globes, organizers of the Academy Awards know they're on thin ice, the Hollywood Reporter writes. "Our hope is we can work something out or that the strike is resolved in time," Academy executive director Bruce Davis said of the planned Feb. 24 event, already behind schedule.

The Academy could push to be allowed to negotiate its own agreement with the writers, as David Letterman's production company did. If the bid fails, the Oscar show could still hobble along without writers—as it did in 1988, during the last Hollywood writers' strike—but the show may be postponed if writers threaten to picket.