Hanks: Oscars 'must go on'

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LONDON -- Tom Hanks is keen to see the Oscars held as usual and urged studios to return to the negotiating table to end a writers strike that threatens to disrupt the climax of Hollywood's awards season.

"The show must go on, that is one of the tenets of everything," Hanks said Thursday in London at the premiere of Universal's "Charlie Wilson's War."

"I am a member of the board of governors of the Academy, and we definitely want to put on a great show and honor the films that have come out in the course of the year."

The two-time Oscar winner said corporate bosses should remember that many are suffering as a result of the strike by about 10,500 WGA members over their dispute with major film and TV studios.

"There are caterers and carpenters ... and electricians and gaffers," he said. "There are a lot of people out there associated with the industry, for whom the sooner this work stoppage is over the better.

"I just hope that the big guys who make big decisions up high in their corporate boardrooms and what not get down to honest bargaining and everyone can get back to work."

Hanks added that a shift in the way scribes are rewarded for their work is needed in the Internet age.

"The delivery systems, the revenue streams, just the very presentation media is now going to be a brand new place," he said.

The Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 24.
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