The movie awards ceremony second only to the Oscars in importance – the Golden Globes – has been scrapped over a boycott threat by stars.

Instead, the Globes will be announced via a news conference on Sunday.

“We are all very disappointed that our traditional awards ceremony will not take place this year and that millions of viewers worldwide will be deprived of seeing many of their favourite stars celebrating 2007’s outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television,” said Jorge Camara, president of the association.

“We take some comfort, however, in knowing that this year’s Golden Globe Award recipients will be announced on the date originally scheduled.”

The show, which would have been picketed by striking Hollywood writers, had been set to air in the US on Sunday.

Instead of the traditional show featuring a boozy, glitzy dinner party and awards presentation, the event would be covered as a news story in a series of NBC specials, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

The association has been grappling with how to present the awards since the Writers Guild of America rebuffed its efforts to reach an interim deal for the ceremony, similar to the one the guild granted David Letterman’s show.

On Friday, the Screen Actors Guild said that it appeared that all the nominated actors would refuse to cross picket lines.