Oscar Race Stalled by Strike

About this time every year, the major studios, their art film divisions and independent distributors send their filmmakers in every possible direction to drum up awards attention. But the WGA strike has forced Oscar award strategists to rewrite their campaign plans, despite a ruling from guild lawyers saying awards screenings and conversations are permissible as long as writers don’t cross picket lines.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Studios now looking for off-campus screening rooms will struggle to find available screening rooms. Most were booked long ago for the normal barrage of awards season screenings, and the WGA strike is making finding any available room next to impossible.