When the Writers Guild of America held its annual awards ceremony Saturday night in Manhattan, it felt more like a victory celebration. So after a long and bitter strike, the writers won, right?
On points, yes, probably. On principle, certainly. From a practical perspective, maybe not so much.
True, the writers guild was able to wrest a major concession from management -- winning a piece of digital revenues -- the kind of victory that has largely eluded organized labor in the past few years.
Tony Gilroy, the writer and director of "Michael Clayton," who was there as a nominee, argued that, while the strike had been punishing, it was clearly necessary.
"As writers and directors, we have our nose in the tent for real for the first time," he said. "There are question marks about how it will be implemented, but there is no one who can argue that the strike was not necessary. We would never be in the position we are without it. Anybody who says the strike was a bad idea is dead wrong."