Academy may dip into its emergency Oscars

Dec. 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A stockpile of emergency statues means the Oscars will go on despite a labor dispute at the factory, an Academy Awards official says.

Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told the Los Angeles Times they would not run short of Oscars at the February ceremony even though contract talks at the shop that makes the statues have stalled.

"We're always a year ahead," Sherak said. "We have extras, because we don't know how many people are going be involved in a given year."

The Times reported Friday the contract talks between R.S. Owens and Co. and the Teamsters have bogged down. The Teamsters this week called on its brother unions in Hollywood, including the Screen Actors and Directors guilds to back them up.

"I'm hoping they work out their problems so we can continue with the great service we're getting year after year," said Sherak.

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