The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced it has revised its eligibility guidelines for future Golden Globe Award shows and events. This included both non-English language motion pictures and animated motion pictures being eligible for the Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy awards, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements (i.e. release in the Los Angeles area during the relevant eligibility period). 

“As an organization composed of journalists from all backgrounds, the HFPA created the Best Foreign Language category to ensure films with subtitles were getting just as much recognition as English-speaking films in the US market,” said Ali Sar, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.“ 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. Language will no longer be a barrier to recognition as the best.”

The HFPA announced in May that five pillars of change will guide the organization moving forward. These include accountability, membership, inclusion, governance, ethics and transparency. 

According to its recent press release, the HFPA stated that “the majority of the membership has already completed diversity, equity and inclusion training sessions, and significant strides have been made in restructuring the organization.”

Other changes include the passing of a revised code of ethical conduct prohibiting the acceptance of gifts and other inducements, the hiring of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) advisors, and establishing a hotline allowing anyone to report an incident or allegation on an anonymous basis to be investigated by an independent firm 

A summary of the eligibility changes reported by the Hollywood Foreign Press are as follows:

  • Allowing non-English language motion pictures to be eligible for the Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy awards if they meet the eligibility requirements for those awards (i.e. release in the Los Angeles area during the relevant eligibility period). 
  • Allowing animated motion pictures to be eligible for the Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy awards if they meet the eligibility requirements for those awards (i.e. release in the Los Angeles area during the relevant qualifying period). 
  • Renaming “Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language” award to “Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language.” 
  • Productions of stage plays, operas, concerts, and other live events recorded on a theatrical stage or other similar venue (i.e. not adapted for production as a motion picture or television program) are now considered documentaries and are not eligible. 
  • Refining the definition of foreign television programs (programs produced principally outside the United States) which are eligible only if they are a co-production (both financially and creatively) with a United States partner and defined a “United States partner.” 
  • Requiring that all eligible episodes of television series must be a minimum of twenty (20) program minutes. 
  • Updating the Golden Globe ballot certifications each member makes to comply with HFPA’s current conflicts disclosure requirements.  

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David Derks is Vice President of ASIFA-Hollywood, as well as digital producer for EuroPacific Films and Web producer for AnimationScoop.com and LeonardMaltin.com. He is currently with ViacomCBS (MTV, BET, CBS, CBS All Access, AwesomenessTV, Paramount Television, Comedy Central, TV Land, CMT and Nickelodeon). He was previously at ABC Studios and involved with shows like Desperate Housewives, LOST, Alias, Grey’s Anatomy, According to Jim and Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as television miniseries like Muppets’ Wizard of Oz and Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital. He was recently a digital producer at Twentieth Television and oversaw Divorce Court, Judge Alex and Dish Nation. Additionally, David is also a cartoonist for the online digital cartoon site String Theory Cartoons.

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