Globes allows international films to compete for the best picture

After consecutive years of controversy over the limits of her period, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. will now allow non-English speaking films to compete for its best image awards.

The move came after the group came under criticism for moving films like “Minari” and “The Farewell” into its foreign language category, rendering them ineligible to compete for the main awards for best dramatic and musical / comedy film.

The exclusion of “Minari” last year was seen as particularly infuriating, as Lee Isaac Chung’s acclaimed film was US-funded, directed by an American director, and involved nothing less than a suing family. the American dream on an Arkansas farm.

Actor Daniel Dae Kim tweeted that it is “the film equivalent of being told to return to your country when that country is in fact America”.

The HFPA also announced that animated films will be allowed to compete for its Best Picture Awards. The changes will take place immediately, “regardless of the next Golden Globes air date.”

NBC announced in May that it would not air the 2022 Golden Globes ceremony, following a Times investigation into members of the HFPA and its financial and ethical practices.

The HFPA isn’t the only group to change the rewards rules this week. The Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences announced several adjustments on Wednesday, the most significant in the original score category.

From now on, for a score to be eligible, it must include a minimum of 35% of the film’s total music, reduced by 60%. This higher threshold had banned many acclaimed scores over the years, including several contenders for 2020, including “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “One Night in Miami …”, “Sound of Metal” and “Let Them” All Talk “. Under the new rules, they would now be eligible.

And the Directors Guild has reinstated the requirement that feature films must have an exclusive seven-day theatrical release before hitting streaming platforms to be eligible for the DGA Awards’ Best Drama Director.

This rule will create a problem for Warner Bros., which announced in December that all of its 2021 films would be released in theaters and on its sister streaming service HBO Max at the same time. So if, say, Denis Villeneuve wants to go to the DGA Awards for his long-awaited “Dune,” Warner Bros. will have to reserve a cinema room before the film arrives in the homes of subscribers.

Darcy J. Skinner

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