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Why the Writer's Guild Should Give a Pass to the Oscars

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Heath Ledger's death today was a big loss to the Hollywood community. It is a notable national tragedy when young talent is lost from the spotlight in America, when someone so young and budding has his life cut short.

Ledger's death, as well as artists like him reminds that the Academy has an annual tribute for such notable passing -- a tribute that will be completely absent this year if the Oscars don't go on.

These awards are more than just for the fans, they are a celebration amongst the Hollywood community that recognizes the crowning achievement of select artists. Yes, I stand behind what the writers are asking for, and I do see the networks as an unbudging, exploitative force in this issue of artistic merit -- but this award ceremony should be considered ancillary to all of that.

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Above business we need to put family. Hollywood in a sense is a family of artists. And in my family, no matter what is going on at work, we put our own pursuits aside when it comes to recognizing each other's achievements. Our duty also lies with friends, especially in death.

Give writer's a pass for this year's ceremonies, or strike a small deal for this one exception. Am I off base in this request?

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