Monday, January 28, 2008
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA) held red carpet and awards ceremonies on Jan 27 and Jan 26 respectively. SAG presented its statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2007 at the 14th Annual SAG Awards in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The winners of the 2007 DGA Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards and the recipients of the Guild's 2008 Career Achievement Awards were announced during the 60th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Interestingly, the DGA’s National Board of Directors voted unanimously the day after the ceremony to recommend ratification of the new three-year collective bargaining agreements between the DGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
These are more signs of the failure of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike. The first signs came when Jay Leno and David Letterman went back on the air. Now the WGA has cut deals to allow not only their two main allies to have red carpet ceremonies, they have also given passes to the Grammy Awards and the NAACP Image Awards. Let us predict tha the Academy Awards will also have a red carpet and awards ceremony. The WGA should run up the white flag now before they become completely irrelevant. The AMPTP might decide to completely break the WGA unless they back off of their demands. You win some and you lose some. The WGA has lost this fight and if they are not careful could lose their union.