Monday Could Be Decision Day For Golden Globes

With the Screen Actors Guild saying its members are unlikely to cross the striking writers' picket line, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which stages the Golden Globes Awards, is pointing to Monday as critical relative to a decision about the Jan. 13 ceremony

"The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been placed in an extremely difficult position with the ongoing Writers Guild strike," said HFPA president Jorge Camara in a statement Friday night. "We are making every effort to work out a solution that will permit the Golden Globes to take place with the creative community present to participate. We hope to announce a resolution to this unfortunate predicament on Monday."

The Writers Guild of America, which has been on strike since Nov. 5, has not granted the Golden Globes, the Peoples Choice Awards and the Academy Awards waivers.

NBC has maintained that it will televise the ceremony.

Cable grabbed 39 of the 60 TV Globe nominations, including four in the "best drama" category: HBO's Big Love, Showtime's The Tudors, AMC's Mad Men and FX's Damages.

For their part, the Screen Actors Guild Friday said its constituents are not inclined to cross picket lines for the annual statuefest.

"After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees and their representatives over the past several weeks, there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters," SAG president Alan Rosenberg said in a statement.

The WGA issued its own comment supporting SAG's remarks: "We are grateful to our brothers and sisters in SAG for their continued solidarity and support. The entire awards-show season is being put in jeopardy by the intransigence of a few big media corporations. We urge the conglomerates to return to the bargaining table they abandoned and negotiate a fair and reasonable deal with writers to put this town back to work."