Writers union will not allow writing for awards shows

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LOS ANGELES — Two of Hollywood’s most glamorous events are now caught up in the entertainment industry’s ugliest labor dispute in two decades.

The Writers Guild of America, West, will not allow its members to write for the Golden Globes on Jan. 13 nor the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

The guild’s decision raised the temperature in the already heated contract dispute between writers and studios. Talks aimed at ending the costly strike, now in its seventh week, broke down Dec. 7 in a flurry of insults that has yet to cease.

Now the guild is casting the strike shadow over the Oscars, the industry’s key showcase for its finest films and hottest actors. The Golden Globes represent another important promotional vehicle.

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