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Oscar organizer still hoping for WGA pact

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said the striking Writers Guild of America hasn't replied to its request for a waiver for the Oscars.

The waiver would mean striking writers could write for the Feb. 24 telecast and a picket line won't be set up outside the event.

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Numerous stars have said they won't cross a picket line to attend the Oscars.

Although the WGA has granted waivers for the Film Independent Spirit, NAACP Image and Grammy awards ceremonies, it declined to make deals with the producers of the Golden Globes and People's Choice prize presentations.

"We're running out of time," academy President Sid Ganis told Daily Variety.

"We have nominees and potential presenters who live all over the globe. I'm nervous. We're getting down to the final moments; we need to make plans."

Ganis said the academy has "asked several times for a waiver or a one-day truce to move ahead" but hasn't gotten an official answer from the WGA.

The academy has vowed to go on with the show even if the strike continues or the WGA refuses to grant it the waiver.

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