Do the Golden Globes and the Oscars act like mobsters?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “SAG Awards Accuses Oscars of “Intimidation” to Secure Exclusive Presenters. The union accused the Academy of pressuring its members ahead of its Jan. 27 ceremony.”

“A fight has broken out between SAG-AFTRA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with the actors union charging that the Academy is exerting “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” to keep the actors it is trying to book for appearances at the Oscars from appearing as presenters for the upcoming SAG Awards,” says THR

Also according to the Hollywood Reporter , the Oscars vs. Globes: presenters tug-of-war escalates.. “The fight for A-listers became more heated this year after the Academy notified reps that any talent presenting at the Globes would not be invited to do the same at the Oscars as Margot Robbie and others choose to present at the latter.”

The interesting part of this is that the Golden Globes also go around town “intimidating” studio execs and publicists that if they have their talent being honored or presenting at other Hollywood awards they will be excluded from the Golden Globes…


The full statement from SAG-AFTRA follows:

SAG-AFTRA has fielded numerous requests to respond to assertions that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences exerts extraordinary and unwarranted pressure on talent to hold them from appearing at other award presentations.

We have received multiple reports of these activities and have experienced firsthand the Academy’s graceless pressure tactics and attempts to control the awards show talent pipeline. Awards season is a very special time when actors and actresses are being appropriately celebrated and recognized for the outstanding quality of their work. We would expect the Academy to honor these goals.

This self-serving intimidation of SAG-AFTRA members is meant to limit their opportunities to be seen and honor the work of their fellow artists throughout the season. Actors should be free to accept any offer to participate in industry celebrations.

The apparent attempt by the Academy to keep our members from presenting on their own awards show is utterly outrageous and unacceptable. The SAG Awards supports their union’s operations and important charitable assistance programs that provide valuable support to performers.

We call on the Academy to cease this inappropriate action.

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