SAG-AFTRA cites Academy ‘intimidation’ over awards show appearances

Screen | 1/14/2019 | Jeremy Kay
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SAG-AFTRA on Monday (14) issued a remarkable statement in which it took the Academy to task for what it called “intimidation” of members and ”graceless pressure tactics” to control the awards show talent pipeline.

At issue is the role widely recognisable actors play in presenting awards at various shows. The SAG-AFTRA statement claims its vast membership has been subjected to “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” to present at the 91st annual Academy Awards on February 24.

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The Academy is reported to be sourcing a range of telecast hosts – some reports said top brass were trying to assemble the Avengers cast for the job – after Kevin Hart walked away from the gig in light of a backlash over resurfaced homophobic remarks, and his initial reluctance to apologise for those remarks.

Now it appears SAG-AFTRA believes the Academy’s search for the right personnel is trampling on its members’ opportunities to present at other awards season shows, including the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards itself on January 27.

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The statement continued: “SAG-AFTRA has fielded numerous requests to respond to assertions that the Academy of...
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