Hollywood stars like JULIA ROBERTS, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and JOHNNY DEPP look set to
boycott next weekend’s (13Jan08) Golden Globes ceremony to show their support
to striking writers.
Actors represented by the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG) are in “unanimous
agreement” not to ignore the plight of the Writers Guild of America union
members, who are picketing over royalties.
Announcing the union’s decision on Friday (04Jan08), SAG president, Alan
Rosenberg, said, “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 (Writers’ Guild of
America) picket lines.”
In response to the boycott action, the WGA members thanked the SAG for its
“solidarity and support”.
Other stars nominated for gongs at the prestigious ceremony include George
Clooney, John Travolta, Denzel Washington, Cate Blanchett and Jodie Foster –
all of whom are unlikely to appear at the awards show if the WGA members do not
reach an agreement with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which
organizes the Golden Globes, in time for next Sunday (13Jan08).
Knightley, who is up for Best Actress for her starring role in Atonement, is
particularly supportive of the strike, because of her playwright mother,
A representative for the British beauty confirms: “If the strike is still in
place then Keira won’t cross a picket line as her mother is a writer.”