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Coronavirus: Golden Globes & Emmys Make Major Changes

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Due to the global crisis, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and the Television Academy are making changes to the eligibility rules surrounding awards consideration.

Actor Brad Pitt with his Golden Globe award
Actor with his Golden Globe award

HFPA announced yesterday that it is making some modifications to eligibility rules for the as movie theaters and screening rooms have had to be shut down due to the pandemic.

Under the amended regulations, motion pictures will no longer need to be screened for HFPA members.

A part of the statement from HFPA reads:

“These rules have been provisionally modified. In light of the closure of all theaters and screening rooms in Los Angeles, the requirement that a motion picture release be screened for HFPA members in a theatre or screening room is temporarily suspended.”

However, film distributors still have to meet the timing requirements of the Golden Globes eligibility rules which states that members must be able to screen English Language motion pictures no later than one week after the release in Los Angeles.

Scarlet Johansson at the Golden Globe Awards
at the Golden Globe Awards

Per the new rules, distributors must now provide all HFPA members with a screening link or a DVD copy of the motion picture so that members can view it at home.

Before now, the eligibility rules had required films to be in theaters or on pay-per-view cable or digital delivery in the greater Los Angeles area for a minimum of seven days before midnight on December 31 of the qualifying year.

The Emmy Awards
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Now, under the new regulations, motion pictures only need to have a planned bona fide theatrical release in Los Angeles to be eligible.

Today, the Television Academy announced changes for the 72nd Emmy Awards due to the rampant spread of COVID-19. The changes include a revised Emmy voting calendar, modification of the hanging episode rule for series and limited series, and suspension of For Your Consideration industry events.

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