Golden Globes change their rules because of coronavirus

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As the coronavirus pandemic completely upends the film industry, closing movie theaters nationwide because of social distancing measures, Hollywood institutions have been forced to adapt.

With more movies arriving on demand instead of opening in theaters, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Thursday that for the first time ever it will accept film submissions for the Golden Globes that don’t play in theaters.

Normally, a film is required to have a seven-day run in a Los Angeles theater and have a screening for voters to be eligible for the Globes. But for next year’s ceremony — to be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — the rule will not be enforced for movies released between March 15 and April 30, “with this period subject to later review and extension,” the HFPA said.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has a similar rule for the Oscars that has come under recent scrutiny independent of coronavirus, because of the rise of streaming services. But they might make a change too. Last week, in regards to a potential shift in eligibility, the Academy said it was “evaluating all aspects of this uncertain landscape.”


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