Can't you just feel the pain of some of the folks nominated for Golden Globe Awards this year?
Sure, it's hard to feel sorry for beautiful people making ridiculously large amounts of money for playing pretend. But they have feelings, too. Well-coifed and coutured feelings, yes, but feelings, nonetheless.
How much of a Loser, capital L, would you feel like if you were nominated for a fancy award and they cancelled the party and the telecast?
Take Tina Fey, for example. Here she is, all nominated and feeling the love for her show, "30 Rock." Yes, the show already won an Emmy last year, but still, it's up for best comedy, she's nominated for best actress, it's a big-buzz show and a big-buzz party. A chance to celebrate with bigger names than your own, have designers ship you gorgeous dresses, fabulous shoes and diamond-encrusted jewels to show off to the world.
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And then: Never mind.
There will be no awards show, no red carpet, no glitz, no dress or diamonds, no free meal and champagne with the glitterati. Instead, they'll hold a press conference.
Sounds like exactly the kind of thing that would happen to her socially challenged character on "30 Rock," Liz Lemon, doesn't it?
The cancellation of the lavish, star-studded Golden Globes extravaganza was announced Monday. The Writers Guild of America said members would picket the show, and no actors, card-carrying union members themselves, would dare cross the picket line. It's finally the answer to the old question: What if they threw an awards show and nobody came?
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and broadcast partner NBC had no choice but to cancel the three-hour show and replace it with a one-hour news-conferencelike affair now planned for Sunday night.
It's disappointing because the Golden Globes are always the most fun of the awards shows. You get those TV and movie stars all boozed up, sitting at big dinner tables and mingling among themselves, and crazy things often happen.
I'll miss the gowns and the goofy pre-show interviews. There's no hoping Katherine Heigl will trip on her train walking up to the podium and put a little tarnish on her perfect little sparkle.
Alas, no mocking to be made.
It's just the latest casualty of this ongoing mess. It's not the end of the world or anything. Everyone knows the Golden Globes are, essentially, a meaningless reason to get a bunch of stars together for big ratings. But you have to feel a little pang for any first-time nominees who won't get to enjoy the honors.
The Academy Awards, though? That would be a different deal. If the WGA vows to picket the Oscars, set for Feb. 24, well, that would be a bigger issue. Hollywood-size.
I've supported the position of the writers from the get-go and still do. But some of the the good feelings the writers had going into this deal back in November are starting to fade. They're in a tough position, with the strike putting far more people, and far beyond their own ranks, out of work for a longer time than some might have expected.
All those names that scroll by during closing credits for all those shows you watch? They need to make a living, too.
Now that the shows available on all those channels have trickled down to midseason replacements and reality fare, the TV-viewing public might be feeling a whole lotta less love for the scribes, too.
So there won't be any fancy party/show on Sunday night. We'll all survive the loss -- even the poor stars who won't get to celebrate their nominations and wins with a grand televised event.
But the WGA tossed a hardball by bringing down the ceremony, suggesting a threat to do the same to the Oscars.
It will be interesting to see who takes it in the face in the end.
Scene editor Pat Clark can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.