N.Y. Times reporter Michael Cieply is saying pretty much what Variety‘s Anne Thompson has also reported, which is that all signs indicate that the WGA strike will keep the Golden Globe awards from being broadcast by NBC on 1.13, and that at best the show will be an internet webcast as far as the outside world is concerned.
“Panicked at the prospect of having to confront strikers as they walk up the red carpet, celebrities have sent what Hollywood publicity executives describe as a near-unanimous signal: If striking writers show up, the stars will not,” Cieply writes.
“NBC, so far, is planning to forge ahead with its telecast” — hah! — “according to a person involved with the network√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢s plans, who requested anonymity to avoid further roiling the waters.
“Yet people who have dealt with the foreign press association in recent days said it was considering plans to salvage a bit of glow by scratching the telecast in favor of either a webcast or, more likely, a purely private event. The ceremony, in its 65th year, was last staged without a broadcast in 1979.”
Question is, will the Oscars be forced to accept the webcast option also?