"It's very sad that the Golden Globes are cancelled, because we have a lot of friends and their work is being recognised and should be recognised and that's wonderful, but it's just not the time right now. And when you put that in comparison to the families who are really suffering right now because the corporations aren't showing their heart, you know."
Santa Monica - 7 January 2008
4. Actor Nikki Blonksy speaking to reporter
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Blonsky, Best Young Actress Winner for her role in "Hairspray":
"Wow, if it can inhibit the lives of the actors think about how much it does to the writers. The writers are the backbone of the business. So we don't want to lose them, we don't want to hurt them in any way. I just hope everyone can come together. I just want 2008 to be a big, fun, work-filled year."
7. Actor George Clooney speaking to reporter
8. SOUNDBITE (English) George Clooney, Actor:
"No, of course not. I belong to six unions. I wouldn't cross the picket lines."
(Q) What about the parties afterwards?
9. SOUNDBITE (English) George Clooney, Actor:
"It's a funny thing. All the questions, and I understand, them are easily answered by just saying 'I've never and would never cross the picket line'. It comes down to if they feel that it's something that they want to enforce and picket then I'm not going to cross that. That would be, you know, impossible."
FILE: Los Angeles - 20 November 2007
10. Various of Writers Guild of America members striking
The Golden Globes Awards ceremony, scheduled for Sunday, will be reduced to a news conference due to the writers strike and will likely draw picket lines and lack star power.
Despite the revamped ceremony announced on Monday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Screen Actors Guild said it was encouraging its members to skip the show in support of the two-month walkout by the Writers Guild of America.
"The WGA informed us they will picket the event on Sunday," the actors guild said in a statement.
Patric M. Verrone, president of the Writers Guild of America West, said union leaders were uncertain if they still would picket outside the Golden Globes since they were unclear about what form the awards announcement would take.
As he arrived at Monday's Critics' Choice Awards, actor George Clooney said he belonged to six unions and would not cross any picket lines.
"It comes down to if they feel that it's something that they want to enforce and picket then I'm not going to cross that. That would be, you know, impossible," Clooney said.
Nikki Blonsky, also on the red carpet, said she was undecided about whether to attend the revised Golden Globes, where she is a nominee for "Hairspray."
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which owns the Globes, issued a bleak statement about the ceremony that was to have showcased the likes of nominees Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington.
"We are all very disappointed that our traditional awards ceremony will not take place this year and that millions of viewers worldwide will be deprived of seeing many of their favourite stars celebrating 2007's outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television," association president Jorge Camara said in a statement.
Besides Jolie and Washington, this year's nominees include such other A-listers as Clooney, Tom Hanks, Daniel Day-Lewis, Keira Knightley, Cate Blanchett and Johnny Depp.
The developments stand as an ominous sign for the Academy Awards, which are scheduled to air 24 February on ABC.
The writers guild refused to grant waivers for its members to work on the Oscars or the Globes.
Disrupting the awards show season, a huge promotional showcase for the entertainment industry, is one way the guild can flex its power and attempt to bring producers back to the table to resume talks that collapsed on 7 December.
Oscar broadcast producer Gil Cates has vowed there will be a televised show, one way or another.
The writers strike, which began on 5 November, has broad implications for the way Hollywood does business.
Whatever deal is struck by writers on the key issue of payment for projects offered on the Internet could affect talks with actors and directors, whose contracts expire in June.
Instead of the traditional Globes show featuring a boozy, glitzy dinner party and awards presentation, the winners will be announced in an hour-long news conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said.