The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced its updated set of rules on film and television awards eligibility. Anthology series like the Mark Duplass-produced “Room 104” and Charlie Brooker’s Netflix series “Black Mirror” are only some of the productions reaping the benefits of the HFPA’ minor changes.

The biggest takeaway is the announcement that eligible episodic anthology series, regarded as “two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes aired,” are now able to qualify for the limited series categories. Another highlight comes for actors within these limited and/or anthology shows, where they will be able to garner recognition for their performances in the limited series stratosphere. HFPA rules they must be accounted for in over 50 percent of the series runtime to qualify for best actor/actress in a miniseries or television film.

The 77th annual Golden Globes ceremony will take place January 5, 2020. Read the full release of the HFPA’s eligibility rules below.

Motion Pictures

Eligibility:

1. Feature-length motion pictures (70 minutes or longer) that have been both released and screened for the active membership in the greater Los Angeles area during the qualifying year (January 1 through December 31). Motion pictures screened in a prior year must be rescreened in the year of the motion picture’s release.
2. Motion pictures are considered released when they are made available for exhibition in theaters or on pay-per-view cable or pay-per-view digital delivery (not subscription or free cable or digital delivery) in the greater Los Angeles area for a minimum seven-day period beginning prior to midnight, December 31 of the qualifying year.
3. A motion picture must be eligible for and entered for consideration for one of the Best Motion Picture award categories for the performances, direction, screenplay, song and score from that motion picture to be eligible for those individual awards.

Categories:

· Best Motion Picture – Drama
· Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
· Best Motion Picture – Animated
· Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
· Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
· Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
· Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
· Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
· Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
· Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
· Best Director – Motion Picture
· Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
· Best Original Score – Motion Picture
· Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Category definitions:

1. Musical:
a. A comedy or a drama in which songs are used in addition to spoken dialogue to further the plot.

2. Drama and Comedy:
a. Motion pictures shall be entered in the category that best matches the overall tone and content of the motion picture. Thus, for example, dramas with comedic overtones should be entered as dramas.

3. Documentaries:
a. Documentaries are not eligible for any of the motion picture award categories, including the Best Motion Picture categories, and the acting, directing, screenplay, song and score categories.

4. Original Song:
a. Words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the motion picture. Qualifying songs from a motion picture must be submitted. If more than three original songs from a motion picture qualify for award consideration, at least three of those songs have to be submitted; additional qualifying songs from the motion picture may be submitted at the discretion of the submitter.
b. The Best Original Song Award is given to the accredited songwriter(s) for the winning song.
c. Qualifying songs written specifically for the motion picture may be released separately (e.g. as part of the movie soundtrack) prior to the release of the motion picture.
d. Qualifying songs will be considered as part of the motion picture or as part of a soundtrack recording but may not be performed live solely for HFPA members.

5. Original Score:
a. An original score is a substantial body of music that serves as dramatic underscoring for the motion picture. A majority of the score must be original music written specifically for the motion picture and should not be diluted by the use of pre-existing music. The work must be recorded for use in the motion picture prior to any other usage.
b. Only the principal composer(s) responsible for the conception and execution of the work as a whole shall be eligible for an award. The composers who receive principal credit for the score in the motion picture will be eligible for the Best Original Score Award.

6. Acting Awards:
a. Voice only performances are not eligible in any acting category.
b. Cameo appearances in which a person plays him- or herself are not eligible in any acting category. However, actors who play partially fictional characters and appear in a significant portion of a motion picture are eligible.
c. Supporting cast members in a motion picture must appear in a minimum of 5% of the motion picture’s total program time.

7. Best Motion Picture Awards:
a. The Best Motion Picture Awards for the Drama and Musical or Comedy categories are given to the individual producers accredited by the Producers Guild of America for those motion pictures.
b. The Best Motion Picture Award for the Foreign Language category is given to the accredited director(s) of the motion picture.
c. The Best Motion Picture Award for the Animated category is given to the accredited director(s) and the individual producer(s) accredited by the Producers Guild of America for that motion picture.
d. The production entities accredited for the Best Motion Picture in each category receive a Golden Globe statute for display purposes only.

8. Screenplay:
a. Writer(s) who have a “screenplay by” or “written by” credit for the motion picture are eligible for the Best Screenplay Award. Writers of source material and writers who contribute to the story but do not receive “screenplay by” or “written by” credit are not eligible.

9. Anthology Motion Pictures:
a. Anthology motion pictures in which multiple separate and distinct stories are told in separate segments are eligible for the appropriate Best Motion Picture award if the segments all are based on a common subject or theme and are released and screened for uninterrupted viewing as a single feature-length motion picture.
b. Directors, screenwriters, composers and lead actors/actresses associated with anthology motion pictures are eligible for the applicable Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Score and Best Actor/Actress awards only if those individuals contributed to segments that comprise at least 50% of the running time of the motion picture.

10. Animated Motion Pictures:
a. Movement and characters’ performances must be created using a frame-by-frame technique. Each animated image must be created or manipulated by an animator through hand drawing, stop motion, pixilation, animation software or a similar technique. Motion capture by itself (without the manipulation frame-by-frame by an animator) is not an animation technique.
b. Motion pictures with less than 75% animation of the motion picture’s main characters do not qualify as animated motion pictures.
c. Animated motion pictures are not eligible for the Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy or Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language awards.
d. Animated motion pictures qualify for the Best Picture – Animated award regardless of their language.
e. Animated foreign language motion pictures are subject to the release, eligibility and screening requirements set forth below for other foreign language motion pictures.
f. If fewer than twelve animated motion pictures qualify in a year, the category will be limited to three nominations that year.

11. Foreign Language Motion Pictures:
a. Must be a motion picture drama or musical or comedy with more than 50% non-English dialogue. HFPA may request a continuity script to verify that motion pictures entered as best foreign language motion picture meet the minimum requirement for non-English language dialogue; failure to provide a requested script in a timely manner will result in the entry being rejected.
b. Motion picture dramas, musicals or comedies with 50% or more English dialogue are eligible for the Best Motion Picture – Drama or Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy awards.
c. Motion pictures should be entered in the language(s) in which they were originally filmed or dubbed into English (in which case they will be eligible only for the English-language best motion picture awards). Non-English language dubbed versions of motion pictures originally filmed in English may not be entered for the Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language award.
d. Must be first released in their country of origin during the 15-month period from October 1 to December 31 prior to the awards.
e. The country of origin of a foreign language motion picture is the country of the entity credited for the production of the motion picture. Each motion picture may have multiple countries of origin.
f. May be submitted for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language award (and other award) consideration only once.
g. Foreign-language motion pictures that originate outside the United States need not have been released in the United States.
h. A foreign-language motion picture also qualifies for the Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language award if censorship prevented it from being released in its country of origin, but it had a one-week release in the United States during the qualifying period.
i. There is no limit to the number of foreign language motion pictures that can be submitted from a specific country.
j. Motion pictures that qualify for the Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language award also qualify for awards in all other motion picture categories except Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, which are exclusively for English-language motion pictures, and Best Motion Picture – Animated.

Motion Picture Screening Rules:

1. All members qualified to vote for Golden Globe awards must be invited to an official screening of the eligible motion picture at a third-party facility in the greater Los Angeles area. HFPA members can also be invited to other screenings of the motion picture.
2. The selection and renting of a screening room is the responsibility of the producer or distributor of the motion picture.
3. Screenings for English-language motion pictures may take place at any time before release and must be completed by one week after the release of the motion picture in the greater Los Angeles area.
4. The official screening date must be cleared with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to avoid conflicts with other official screenings. Contact Yulia Dashevsky at 818-995-6600. The HFPA office will liaise with the MPAA to clear a suitable date.
5. The deadline for the completion of all official screenings is given in the official Golden Globe Awards Timetable.
6. The official screening need not be exclusively for HFPA members. A regular screening in a theater with the public (if the motion picture is already released), a press screening, or a general screening fulfills the official screening requirement, provided HFPA members are invited.
7. In general, the motion picture’s distributor or publicist sends invitations to the official screening directly to HFPA members. The HFPA office will provide a membership directory for this purpose.
8. Additional screening rules for foreign language motion pictures:
a. Foreign language motion pictures must be screened for all active HFPA members. Foreign language motion pictures should not be submitted for Golden Globe consideration until an official screening date for HFPA members has been approved by the HFPA. Foreign language motion pictures screened for HFPA members after November 1 each year need not be (and may not request that they be) the only event at that time on the HFPA members’ calendar.
b. Representatives of foreign language motion pictures are also strongly advised to make those motion pictures available to all active HFPA members in a common format.
c. Foreign language motion pictures should be screened and made available as early in the year as possible to avoid the end of year crush, but in no event later than the date given in the official Golden Globe Awards Timetable. However, foreign language motion pictures do not need to satisfy the one-week from release date standard for official screenings for English language motion pictures.
d. Foreign language motion pictures and any foreign language animated motion pictures must be screened and made available in their original language with English subtitles.
e. The HFPA office can also send invitations directly to HFPA members for official screenings of foreign language motion pictures that do not yet have distributors. Please contact the HFPA office at 310-657-1731.
f. A list of screening rooms used regularly for foreign language motion picture screenings can be found here: http://www.goldenglobes.com/screening-rooms-0

Television:

Eligibility:

1. Television includes motion pictures released by broadcast, basic and premium cable and digital delivery, but does not include pay-per-view cable or pay-per-view digital delivery of motion pictures. Television also includes series and limited series released by broadcast, basic and premium cable and digital delivery and pay-per-view cable or pay-per-view digital delivery. To be eligible for Golden Globe awards, television programs must be released on a recognized media platform (individual social media accounts do not qualify).
2. Only programs first aired (or made available for viewing on demand) in the United States during the qualifying calendar year in prime time (8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Sunday) are eligible for television awards. Programs aired live during these times also may qualify if they satisfy other applicable rules.
3. Motion pictures should be entered in either the motion picture or the television award categories (but not both) based on their original release format. Motion pictures released in theaters or on pay-per-view in the United States at the same time as or before they are aired on a television format in the United States are eligible only for motion picture awards. Showing a program at a festival does not disqualify an otherwise eligible television program.
4. Foreign programs are not eligible for television awards unless they are the result of a co-production (both financially and creatively) between a United States and a foreign partner, which precedes the start of production for the episodes aired during the qualifying calendar year, and which includes a written and binding commitment to show the program on United States television made prior to the start of production.
5. The eligibility of television programs does not depend on the language(s) used in the program. Non-English-language programs released in the United States are eligible if they meet the other qualifying criteria.
6. Reality and other entirely or primarily non-scripted programming is not eligible for any television award category. Programming with occasional non-scripted segments that meets the other criteria for a television award category is eligible for that television award category if the scripted segments predominate.
7. Variety shows or other programs composed of musical acts, sketches and other talent performances are not eligible in any category.
8. Documentaries are not eligible for any of the television award categories, including the series, limited series or motion picture made for television and the acting categories.
9. A television program must be eligible for and entered for consideration for one of the Best Television award categories for the performances from that television program to be eligible for those individual awards.

Categories:

· Best Television Series – Drama
· Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
· Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
· Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
· Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
· Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
· Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
· Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
· Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
· Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
· Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Category Definitions:

1. Television Series:
a. A recurring series with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes aired during the qualifying year.
b. The on-going theme, storyline or main characters must be presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision within the year and from year to year.
c. Musical, Comedy and Drama Series – the majority of the running time of at least 150 program minutes aired during the qualifying year must be primarily musical, comedic or dramatic.

2. Limited Series:
a. Two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes aired during the qualifying year.
b. Must tell a complete, non-recurring story.
c. A limited series that is aired over two consecutive years shall be eligible in the year in which more than half of the running time aired.
d. A limited series that is later renewed for an additional season shall be classified as a series or again as a limited series in that later season depending on the degree of continuity in theme, storyline, main characters and production supervision from the original limited series to the later year of the series.

3. Anthology Series
a. An anthology series is a series of separate and distinct stories based on a common subject or theme. Anthology series do not tell a complete, non-recurring story.
b. Anthology series must consist of two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes aired during the qualifying year.
c. Anthology series are eligible as Limited Series.
d. Lead actors associated with an anthology series are eligible for the applicable Best Actor/Actress awards only if those individuals contributed to segments that comprise at least 50% of the running time of the anthology series. All other actors are eligible for the Best Supporting Actor/Actress awards if they meet the other requirements of these rules (e.g. 5% of total program time for the limited series).

4. Motion Picture Made for Television:
a. A single program with a total running time of at least 70 program minutes.
b. Must tell a complete story.

5. Acting Awards:
a. Lead cast members in a television series, limited series or motion picture made for television must be the central characters who drive the narrative of the program.
b. Supporting cast members in a television series, limited series or motion picture made for television must appear in a minimum of 5% of total program time for all of the episodes first aired during the qualifying year.
c. All eligible lead and supporting cast members must be submitted for award consideration for each submitted television program.
d. Voice only performances are not eligible in any acting category.
e. Cameo appearances in which a person plays him- or herself are not eligible in any acting category. However, actors who play partially fictional characters and appear in a significant portion of a television series, limited series or motion picture made for television are eligible.
f. Actors in ensemble casts with comparable roles should be classified as all lead or all supporting actors.

6. Best Television Awards:
a. The Best Television Awards for the Television Series – Musical or Comedy, Television Series – Drama, Limited Series and Motion Picture Made for Television categories are given to the individual producers accredited by the Producers Guild of America for those television programs.
b. The production entities accredited for the Best Television Award in each category receive a Golden Globe statute for display purposes only.

Television Screening Rules:

1. Motion pictures made for television, limited series and television series (drama, musical or comedy) must be made available in any common format to all active HFPA members, preferably at the time of their initial broadcast but in no event later than the date given in the official Golden Globe Awards Timetable.

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