The Golden Globe nominations were announced on Thursday, glimmering tributes to the likes of Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington and Cate Blanchett. But on the same day, all that glitters in Hollywood was buried beneath a blizzard of arcane initials.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (N.L.R.B.) contending that the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) had violated federal law by refusing to negotiate until six issues were taken off the table. In the meantime, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced that it would begin negotiating its own deal after the first of the year.
There is no indication -- none -- that the initials will untangle themselves anytime soon and spell out a solution.
So far, consumers have been watching from the sidelines: open the newspaper and there are still all sorts of films playing, and television has yet to slip en masse into a twilight of repeats and reality. But they might take notice if the annual season of awards, red-carpet parties and incredibly fabulous honorees is replaced by marches, pickets and labor-war cries that would make a Teamster blush.
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