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Hollywood writers' strike scraps Golden Globe Awards

Jan 10, 2008 12:01 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: The continuing strike by the Writers Guild of America is slowly but surely crippling Hollywood's film and television industry. The latest fallout of the strike is the cancellation of the 65th Golden Globe Awards. The annual gala awards night will now merely be a press conference to announce the winners. Faced with a threat by actors to boycott the red carpet show, the Hollywood Press Foreign Press Association and television network NBC had to scrap the Awards – and the economic impact would be huge. Said Variety magazine’s Senior News Editor, Cynthia Littleton, “The fallout for the Golden Globes being cancelled on such short notice is really enormous. It's approaching a hundred million dollars in terms of local economic impact to the local Southern California economy." The Golden Globe Awards show draws across 20 million viewers across the US and is known for championing small films, increasing box office numbers, and even helping DVD sales down the road. Fans are now worried about the fate of Hollywood's biggest night. "I'm really worried about the Oscars, also. I love the Oscars every year. So if they don't settle by then, it's going to be really sad!" movie buff Jackie Sternat fearfully said. Another movie buff Gabby Grella vehemently agrees, “That's bad because, um, a lot of people like watching that. And it's kind of disappointing, because you like seeing everybody in their dresses and all their fashions and stuff. So, it's disappointing." The Academy Awards are scheduled to be held on February 24, and if the deadlock over the writers strike continues till then, 2008 will be remembered as the year without the Oscars.