What if they threw an Oscar ceremony and no stars came?
ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences vow it'll be Oscars as usual on Feb. 24, even if members of the Writers Guild of America are still on strike.
(That means no writers for host Jon Stewart. But he'll be used to it by then; he's working without writers on "The Daily Show" these days.)
It's possible few, if any, of the nominees will attend. Actors have supported members of the striking Writers Guild of America which did in the Golden Globes and the president of the Screen Actors Guild said he anticipates "that SAG members will continue to honor picket lines."
The WGA strike could be settled before Feb. 24. But the Academy vows to go ahead, even if none of the actors or writers or, potentially, any of the other nominees show up.Yeah, that should be worth three-plus hours of your time.
ALL THE NOMINEES in the acting categories have TV resumes, none of which are more prominent than George Clooney's.
Already a supporting-actor Oscar winner (for "Syriana"), he's up for best actor for his role in "Michael Clayton."
Sure, "ER" made him a star, but before that he had starring/recurring roles in "The Facts of Life," "Baby Talk," "Sunset Beat," "Roseanne," "Bodies of Evidence" and "Sisters."
He was in 15 unsuccessful TV pilots and made guest appearances on shows such as "Riptide," "Street Hawk," "Crazy Like a Fox," "Hotel," "Throb," "Hunter," "Murder, She Wrote," "The Golden Girls," "The Building," "Friends," "South Park" and "Murphy Brown."
Since leaving "ER," he has produced and starred in a live-TV remake of "Failsafe"; produced both "K Street" and "Unscripted" (which he also directed); and his movies "Good Night and Good Luck" and "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" were both about TV.
(Clooney was a two-time Emmy nominee for "ER" but he didn't win.) Other Oscar-nominees with TV pasts include:
Javier Barden (best actor nominee, "No Country for Old Men") appeared in several Spanish TV movies and series.
Johnny Depp (best actor nominee, "Sweeney Todd") starred in "21 Jump Street" and provided a voice in an episode of "King of the Hill," among other things.
Tommy Lee Jones (best actor nominee, "In the Valley of Elah") starred in the daytime soap "One Life to Live" for four years and in lots of TV movies/miniseries, most notably "Lonesome Dove" and "The Executioner's Song."
Viggo Mortensen (best actor nominee, "Eastern Promises") was on the daytime soap "Search for Tomorrow," an "ABC Afterschool Special" and an episode of "Miami Vice," among other things.
Cate Blanchett (best actress nominee, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"; supporting actress, "I'm Not There") appeared in a pair of Australian TV miniseries.
Julie Christie (best actress nominee, "Away From Her") has done a number of TV movies and miniseries as well as guest shots on weekly series.
Marion Cotillard (best actress nominee, "La Vie En Rose") has done a number of French TV movies and series.
Laura Linney (best actress nominee, "The Savages") has a long TV resume that ranges from six episodes of "Frasier" (she played the woman Frasier followed to Chicago in the series finale) to "Tales of the City" (and its two sequels).
Ellen Page (best actress nominee, "Juno") is only 20, but she's starred in three Canadian TV series, a cable series and several TV movies, including the Emmy-nominated "Homeless to Harvard."
Casey Affleck (best supporting actor nominee, "Assassination of Jesse James") played young Robert F. Kennedy in the miniseries "Kennedys of Massachusetts."
Philip Seymour Hoffman (best supporting actor nominee, "Charlie Wilson's War") was in the miniseries "Empire Falls" and an episode of "Law & Order," among other things.
Hal Holbrook (best supporting actor nominee, "Into the Wild") has a TV resume that dates back more than half a century he was a regular on the daytime soap "The Brighter Day" from 1954-59 and has made dozens of appearances in TV movies, miniseries and series. To name but a few, he was a semi-regular on "Designing Women" and "The Bold Ones"; a regular on "Evening Shade"; and, just in the past few years, has appeared on "NCIS," "The Sopranos," "The West Wing," "Hope & Faith."
Tom Wilkinson (best supporting actor nominee, "Michael Clayton") was in dozens of British and American TV movies and series, including "Prime Suspect."
Ruby Dee (best supporting actress nominee, "American Gangster") has a TV resume that stretches back even farther than Holbrook's she was in a TV production of the play "The First Year" way back in 1946. Since then, she's made hundreds of appearances on TV, with highlights that include stints on the soaps "Guiding Light" and "Peyton Place"; guest appearances on "Cosby," "CSI" and "Touched by an Angel"; and starring roles in "Roots: The Next Generation," "The Stand" and "The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson."
Saoirse Ronan (best supporting actress nominee, "Atonement") is only 13, but she's made several guest appearances on TV series in the U.K.
Amy Ryan (best supporting actress nominee, "Gone Baby Gone") was in the soap "As the World Turns," made dozens of guest appearances on TV series and was a regular on "The Wire."Tilda Swinton (best supporting actress nominee, "Michael Clayton") has appeared in several European TV series.