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SAG-AFTRA member Christine Robert pickets in solidarity with striking WGA (Writers Guild of America) workers outside Netflix offices on July 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Members of SAG-AFTRA, which represents actors and other media professionals, may go on strike by 11:59 p.m. today which could shut down Hollywood productions completely with the writers in the third month of their strike against Hollywood studios.

Hollywood’s actors have just joined the writers in striking. From festivals to film premieres to the upcoming Emmys, to the production of upcoming shows and movies, the two strikes will effectively shut Hollywood down. Per The Hollywood Reporter, contract negotiations between the actors guild SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) ended without a deal Wednesday night. Early Thursday morning, SAG-AFTRA’s National Board voted unanimously to strike.

A source told the publication that promotion and press of film and TV projects would no longer be allowed starting midnight tonight. This means actors can’t walk the upcoming Venice and Toronto red carpets or participate in Emmy For Your Consideration campaigns. The walkout will not involve SAG-AFTRA members who work in the news business, such as broadcast hosts and announcers. The strike has already had an impact. The red carpet event for Oppenheimer‘s London premiere was pushed up to allow the cast to do photocalls and interviews.

Though the cast hit the London red carpet, they weren’t present for the film in the theater. Oppenheimer Director Christopher Nolan said the cast left the premiere to “go and write their pickets” and join the strike. Thousands of Hollywood actors are expected to hit the picket lines Friday. SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher said, “What happens here is important because what’s happening to us is happening across all fields of labor, by means of when employers make Wall Street and greed their priority, and they forget about the essential contributors that make the machine run.”

The announcement comes more than two months after the Writers Guild of America began their strike amid its own dispute with the AMPTP. This halted most television production and delayed the filming of movies. The actor’s strike will likely force other sets to go dark until an agreement is reached. It will also likely cause the Emmy Awards to be postponed, according to Variety.

'Succession,' 'Last Of Us' Lead Emmy Awards Nominations

The 75th Emmy Awards will be held on Monday, September 18 from the Peacock Theater at L.A. LIVE at 8pm ET on FOX. The Emmys recognize the best in American primetime programming airing between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022.

Succession holds this year’s top spot with 27 Emmy nominations, followed by The Last of Us with 24, The White Lotus with 23, and Ted Lasso with 21. There were 38 first-time performer nominees across all performer categories this season. This includes Jessica Chastain (George & Tammy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Crown), Taron Egerton (Black Bird), Riley Keough (Daisy Jones & The Six), James Marsden (Jury Duty), Jenna Ortega (Wednesday), Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us, Saturday Night Live, and Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World), Aubrey Plaza (The White Lotus), Daniel Radcliffe (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story), Bella Ramsey (The Last of Us), Alan Ruck (Succession), Jason Segel (Shrinking), Jeremy Allen White (The Bear) and Steven Yeun (BEEF).

Pedro Pascal isn’t the only one with multiple nominations this year. There’s also Murray Bartlett (The Last Of Us and Welcome To Chippendales), Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Family Guy), Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary and SNL), Bill Hader (performance, directing and writing for Barry), Sharon Horgan (performance and writing for Bad Sisters), Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets and The Last of Us), Jason Sudeikis (performance and writing for Ted Lasso), and Ali Wong (BEEF and Tuca & Bertie).

With this impressive roster, the Emmys will be one you will not want to miss! See below the nominations for this year’s Emmy’s:

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