Visual effects artists and film and television workers are planning to demonstrate at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday against production tax subsidies they argue are devastating their industry and drawing work out of California.
More than 350 people have said they plan to attend on a Facebook page for the event and one of its organizers, visual effects artist Dave Rand, said he is confident that the protest will match or surpass the 500 people who rallied at a similar demonstration last year.
Demonstrators will gather from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street and then will walk as close to the Oscars as possible. They will not disrupt the film awards, Rand said.
“Even if they let us right on the red carpet, we wouldn’t go,” he said. “We respect the Oscars.” ...
A number of Animation Guild members will be at the demonstration tomorrow, but the Guild's Executive Board has taken no official position on the march.