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Tuesday, December 18, 2007


WGA Says No To Oscar Clips

From Entertainment Weekly:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also got a big fat "no way" from the WGA when the Academy asked to use clips from motion pictures and past Oscar shows during the February event. In other words, the Oscars won't be able to show clips of the work being nominated. Ouch.
I can't imagine an Oscar telecast that isn't able to show even a single movie clip. How will they fill up those three-to-four hours of airtime? (One answer: more interpretive dance sequences from Debbie Allen! Woo hoo!)

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Blogger FleshPresser said...

I'm always supportive of unions and their collective power, but I'm not sure if I agree with this... I'm not quite sure how it hurts the writers to have their work seen and linked to the Academy Awards... either as a clip from a nominated film, or in a montage of "great films"?

There's got to be another side to this story that I'm not seeing?

12/18/07, 2:03 PM  
OpenID toonsntunes said...

sick burn.

12/18/07, 2:57 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

From what I've read, this doesn't mean that the Academy can't use any movie clips; it means that they'll have to pay royalties or residuals (whatever the technical term is in this case), which the guilds usually waive for the Academy Awards.

12/18/07, 9:14 PM  
Blogger The Slabber said...

Whoa. If true, or if it comes to pass, it's possible the WGA will have shot itself in the foot with this one. Lots of really unhappy people.

12/19/07, 12:46 AM  
Blogger psyther said...

Maybe they'll actually finish on time this year. But face it...if you are really following the Oscars, you know what the noms are w/o the cheesy 30 second montage. I don't really think that stopping to throw a temper tantrum is the most constructive way to solve a problem (new contracts), but it does prove the point of how much the industry and the public values these people. And while many find it appaling to leave us w/o the entertainment we've become addicted to, stop and think: how legit is the Academy if it buckles, flounders, and ultimately, fails if it can't get around a strike?

12/20/07, 12:15 AM  

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