Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Writers Guild Move 2024 Awards Til After Oscars, Becoming More Useless Than Ever

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The Writers Guild has gone from sympathetic to moribund in the blink of an eye.

For three weeks everyone has been begging them to issue a statement of horror about the Hamas killings of Israelis on October 7th. They’ve declined. Their only comment was a watery nothing.

Now the WGA has decided they don’t care about the Oscars. Instead of giving their 2024 awards out before the Academy Awards in March, the WGA will wait until April. No one will care, or maybe even less than before.

All the other Guild awards — SAG, DGA, etc — will be before the Oscars and have some bearing on the outcome. Now the WGA nominations will be announced one day before Oscar final voting begins. The Oscars are on March 10, 2023.

I feel bad for WGA members with possibly nominated projects. Their union is really doing them dirty with this decision. But something is obviously wrong with the current WGA management. After eliciting sympathy all summer with their strike. they’ve made constant bad decisions since then.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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