Oscars vs. Globes: Presenters Tug-of-War Escalates

The fight for A-listers became more heated this year after the Academy notified reps that any talent presenting at the Globes would not be invited to do the same at the Oscars as Margot Robbie and others choose to present at the latter.
Rope, Curtain: iStock. Nyong’o: Jesse Grant/Getty Images. Robbie: Vera Anderson/WireImage

People close to the production of the Golden Globes are furious that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences interfered with their recruitment of presenters.

"They've done it for years," one source says, "but we used to be able to have Dick Clark Productions or NBC smooth things over" so that talent could appear on both telecasts. Not anymore.

The Globes team — which had been trying to book presenters from August through the holidays — was told by reps that the Academy notified them that if clients presented at the Globes, they would not be asked for the Oscars. Margot Robbie is among those said to have chosen the Oscars over the Globes. (Black Panther's stars were given a pass because the movie was nominated.)

Says a production source, "It's only going to get worse next year when the Oscars move up their date on the calendar [to Feb. 9, 2020]."

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This story first appeared in the Jan. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.