Golden Globes Change Eligibility Rules to Include Non-English Language and Animated Features

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced new eligibility guidelines for future Golden Globe Award shows, despite NBC announcing the cancellation of the annual telecast in 2022, which include allowing non-English language films to compete in their top categories, following the “Minari” backlash last awards season.

In addition to allowing non-English language films to compete in the best motion picture (drama) and motion picture (musical or comedy) categories, they will now once again allow animated features to compete in those categories, as long as they meet the other eligibility requirements for consideration.

After the Golden Globe rules forced Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” to compete in foreign language, the HFPA received a backlash from audiences and the Hollywood industry. The A24 feature went on to be nominated at the Oscars for best picture and won an acting award for supporting actress Yuh Jung Youn, who was not nominated.

In addition, the HFPA has also announced that the majority of the membership has completed diversity, equity and inclusion training sessions.

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The group has said they have passed a revised code of ethics prohibiting the acceptance of gifts and other inducements. The other proposed measured are:

“As we reexamined our guidelines this year and listened to the industry, we decided to adopt new approaches for future shows ensuring these films receive the attention they deserve,” said Ali Sar, President of the HFPA. “Language will no longer be a barrier to recognition as the best.”

The group announced in May that it is working on “transformational reforms” however, multiple studios including Amazon Studios, Netflix and Warner Media were among the studios that severed ties with the organization until it demonstrated real, lasting reform and change. Variety previously reported that the HFPA is blocking the Critics Choice Awards from booking its long-standing venue at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Too soon to tell if this is any signal to Hollywood to do business with the group again or if this is just lip service from an organization that has been long under scrutiny.

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