Golden Globes Tweak Animated Feature, Foreign-Language Film Rules

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Multiple directors on the same movie will now be recognized in both categories.

A few tweaks in the rules governing the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards could find more recipients up on stage at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s next ceremony on Jan. 7, 2018.

In the case of the prize for best animated motion picture, where the previous rule called for the trophy to be given to one or two individuals — generally the accredited director and one individual with a producing credit — the new rule now says the award will be presented to the accredited director or directors (in the case of multiple helmers) and will follow the Producers Guild of America guidelines for which producers deserve awards consideration.

Similarly, in the case of best foreign-language motion picture, where the award was previously given to the movie’s director, the new rule recognizes the possibility of multiple directors on a foreign-language film.

In another rule change affecting the foreign-language category, awards hopefuls must schedule an official screening date with the HFPA before entering a film in the Globes’ awards entry system and says that foreign-language films will not be guaranteed exclusive screening times on the HFPA calendar after Nov. 1.

Another rule clarifies the definition of variety shows, which are not eligible for a Globe award. The HFPA defines variety shows as programs "composed of skits, musical acts, acrobatics, and the like.”

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