Amidst speculation that high profile awards shows will be the target of picketing if the strike continues, the Writers Guild of America said Monday night that it has rejected a request for a waiver that would allow its writers to work on the upcoming Golden Globe Awards show, scheduled for Januaray 13th. The Guild also said in an announcement that it has denied a request by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the use of film clips during the annual Oscar ceremony (scheduled for February 24, 2008). "Writers are engaged in a crucial struggle to achieve a collective bargaining agreement that will protect their compensation and intellectual property rights now and in the future," the WGA said in a statement. "We must do everything we can to bring our negotiations to a swift and fair conclusion for the benefit of writers and all those who are being harmed by the companies' failure to engage in serious negotiations." [Eugene Hernandez]