SAG-AFTRA confronted the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in a new statement released Monday, accusing the organization of using “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” on guild member actors to sign on as exclusive presenters for this year’s Oscars while barring them from presenting at the upcoming SAG Awards.
“We have received multiple reports of these activities and have experienced firsthand the Academy’s graceless pressure tactics and attempts to control the awards show talent pipeline,” read the statement. “Awards season is a very special time when actors and actresses are being appropriately celebrated and recognized for the outstanding quality of their work. We would expect the Academy to honor these goals.”
The SAG Awards will be held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, while the Oscars will be held on February 24. The Oscars have not found a new host to replace Kevin Hart after he dropped out last month over homophobic tweets made several years ago.
“This self-serving intimidation of SAG-AFTRA members is meant to limit their opportunities to be seen and honor the work of their fellow artists throughout the season. Actors should be free to accept any offer to participate in industry celebrations,” the statement continued.
“The apparent attempt by the Academy to keep our members from presenting on their own awards show is utterly outrageous and unacceptable. The SAG Awards supports their union’s operations and important charitable assistance programs that provide valuable support to performers We call on the Academy to cease this inappropriate action.”
The Academy did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.