Like a Writer on a Movie Set

The New York Times warns us about the hidden threat from the Writer’s Guild strike:

[During the 1988 writer’s strike], writers were forbidden that year even to write for the Oscar broadcast, leaving presenters to quip for themselves. And it could happen again, for the 80th Academy Awards this coming February.

“People who complain about the humor on awards shows should wait to see what they’re like without writers,” said Bruce Vilanch, the longtime gag writer, Oscars contributor, and, soon, a striking guild member.

In other words, the Oscars could suck this year. Which, as we’re all aware, would represent such a drastic change...