Oscars boss: The show will go ahead

Academy Awards president Sid Ganis says the Oscars will go ahead on February 24 – writers’ strike or no writers’ strike.

“There’s no doubt about it. We’re going to do it,” he said at the Oscar nominees’ annual luncheon.

“Of course, we really, really hope that the negotiations between the writers and the producers – which we now hear are going very, very well – will have reached a conclusion that everyone is pleased with,” he said.

“Mainly so that the industry and the workers of the industry are functioning again, but also because it will allow our amazing producer Gil Cates to put on the sort of show we all want to see.

“But regardless of those circumstances, which are beyond our control, we will be presenting awards as scheduled on the 24th.”

Showbiz trade paper Variety suggests that the talks between Hollywood writers and producers over payments for work shown on the Internet are going so well a resolution may be struck by early next week.