2021 Golden Globes Will Have Same Eligibility Window for Films as 2021 Oscars

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The 2021 Golden Globe Awards will recognize films released within the same eligibility window as the 2021 Academy Awards — Jan. 1, 2020 through Feb. 28, 2021 — the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Monday.

The HFPA, the organization of LA-based journalists for outlets based abroad that hosts the Globes — a show which recognizes film and TV work — has not, however, changed the period from which work on the small screen will be considered. That will remain Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.

But both film and TV distributors will need to have their plans firmed up by Nov. 30, 2020, the date by which entry forms from both media will now need be submitted to the HFPA. Then, Globes TV nominating voting will run from Dec. 30 through Jan. 12, and Globes film nomination voting will run from Jan. 13 through Jan. 30. Th nominations announcement will occur on Feb. 3, and then final voting for both media will run from Feb. 10 through Feb. 23.

The Golden Globes ceremony usually takes place in January. In light of the pandemic, though, the HFPA, in June, pushed back the 2021 edition to Feb. 28, the date on which the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony was originally slated to take place before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it was postponing that ceremony by eight weeks to April 25.

There is usually much less of a gap between the two ceremonies. (For instance, the 2020 Golden Globes ceremony was held on Jan. 5, and the 2020 Oscars ceremony took place just five weeks later on Feb. 9.) But this is no ordinary year.

In March, the HFPA announced that due to the pandemic, films can qualify for Golden Globes consideration even if they do not first screen in a theater. Instead, films may be "released first on a television format (e.g. subscription streaming service, subscription cable channel, broadcast television, etc.) and will still be eligible." The HFPA described their "alternate screening procedure" as "temporary," saying it go into effect "March 15 until a date to be determined by HFPA when cinemas in the Los Angeles area have generally reopened."

It was previously announced that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to host the Globes for the fourth time. As usual, the ceremony — which is produced by Dick Clark Productions, which shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter — will air live, coast to coast, from 5-8 p.m. PT on NBC.