With the Oscars going hostless this year, the burden of the show will be placed on the various presenters to do some of the heavy lifting.
Now, in an unexpectedly and strongly worded statement, the actors union SAG-AFTRA has called out the Oscars organisers the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) about alleged underhanded tactics – trying to keep talent AMPAS has secured as presenters away from other awards shows. This includes the actors’ own SAG Awards. The actors union says in its letter on its official site:
“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… 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.”
The SAG Awards is set for January 27th, with the Oscars coming a month later on February 25th.
Source: The Playlist