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It's awards season in Hollywood and tensions are running high.
In an extraordinary move, the actors union SAG-AFTRA has lambasted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 'intimidating' stars into agreeing only to present at the Oscars.
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The move comes, it seems, as the Screen Actors Guild is finding it difficult to hire talent for its own awards show set to be aired live on January 27.
'Essentially, they’re being told that if they present on another televised awards show, they won’t get to present on the Oscars,' a source close to the situation told Variety.
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In a strongly-worded statement released Monday, SAG-AFTRA said: '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.'
'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,' the union went on. 'The apparent attempt by the Academy to keep our members from presenting on their own awards show is utterly outrageous and unacceptable.'
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'We call on the Academy to cease this inappropriate action,' it concluded.
The SAG Awards will be held at LA's Shrine Auditorium and air on TNT and TBS in two weeks time. But no...
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