The Screen Actors Guild is in an open feud with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and let its feelings be known today in a harsh statement aimed at the academy.
The AP reports that SAG “called on the film academy to stop trying to prevent stars from appearing on award shows before the Oscars.
“In an unusually critical statement, SAG-AFTRA said it has received multiple reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is pressuring certain actors to appear only at next month’s Academy Awards. Several award shows occur before that, including the guild’s own Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27.”
The statement from SAG-AFTRA says: “This self-serving intimidation of SAG-AFTRA members is meant to limit their opportunities to be seen and honor the work of their fellow artists throughout the season. Actors should be free to accept any offer to participate in industry celebrations. The apparent attempt by the academy to keep our members from presenting on their own awards show is utterly outrageous and unacceptable.”
The report notes that the action comes after the exit of comedian Kevin Hart left the Oscars ceremony without a host.
“With less than six weeks to go before the Feb. 24 broadcast, they appear likely to remain that way. To compensate, the film academy has apparently sought to populate the telecast with starry presenters. One reported gambit has been to unite the ‘Avengers’ cast at the Oscars.”