Writers strike is a party-pooper
By Borys Kit and Nellie Andreeva
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Forget Oscar weather vane. The thing the Golden Globes might be best known for -- the parties -- are in jeopardy. With less than a week before the January 13 awards show, no invitations had been sent for any of the bashes.
The Friday announcements by the Screen Actors Guild and top publicists that no actor will cross the Writers Guild of America's picket line has thrown a monkey wrench into one of the biggest party nights of the year. As of late last week, studios and networks had not officially written off the Sunday night parties and were taking a wait-and-see approach.
When asked whether their company was going ahead or canceling, one insider said, "I don't know how to answer that question at this point."
HBO has retained its traditional space in the pool area of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the awards take place, and made all necessary preparations but was holding on to invites.
NBC/Universal/Focus was planning a rooftop bash, but was in a holding pattern. The Warner Bros./InStyle party also was in a state of flux.
The Weinstein Co. was moving ahead with its party, to be held in the former Trader Vic's spot, in the hope that some kind of agreement will be reached, a company source said.
One event going forward no matter what is the BAFTA/LA Tea Party, held the day before the Globes. That event, which has steadily grown in recent years, is billed as a celebration of awards season, not just the Globes.
If the parties do go forward, it would leave mere days to send out invites and lavishly decorate rooms.
The Globes became known for its parties because of simple logistics. Because all the bashes are held under one roof in various parts of the hotel, it became the ultimate place to party-hop.
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