Picket lines will keep actors from Golden Globes

January 4, 2008 3:49:06 PM PST
The Screen Actors Guild said Friday there appears to be unanimous agreement that nominated actors will not cross striking writers' picket lines to attend the Golden Globe Awards. After canvassing nominees over the past several weeks, Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg said in a statement, "there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross" picket lines to present or accept an award.

The Writers Guild of America had refused to grant a waiver to allow its members to work on the Golden Globes, the People's Choice Awards and the prestigious Academy Awards.

Rosenberg also weighed in on the late-night talks shows, which are back on the air. Some are working without writers after failing to strike deals with the writers guild.

Rosenberg stopped short of pressing actors to skip the picketed shows, like Jay Leno's "Tonight."

"We urge our members to appear on the two programs that have independent agreements with the WGA, `The Late Show with David Letterman' and `Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,"' he said.

Actors who appear on other shows have to cross picket lines, he said.

That creates "the same situation that has led to the consensus among actors to skip the Golden Globes," Rosenberg said.