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Golden Globes Changes Their Rules Amid Coronavirus Craze

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By Brian Morales

Every year the best in the entertainment industry come together to celebrate the best works of the previous year. The event has been running for the past century, and hasn't changed their rules a bit, that is until now.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said on Thursday, that they will be tweaking up the long-standing rules for the next Golden Globes. Specifically, the rules for motion picture eligibility, and screenings for the next coming year. Let's check out what they changed.

What's the Rule?

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One of the main factors of the change would be that the producers, and studios must provide evidence that they had a "bona fide theatrical release planned to begin in Los Angeles during the period from March 15 to April 30 2020."

Typically, The Hollywood Foreign Press usually get their own private screenings of the eligible films. This will be changed slightly, as they are suspending the rule that you have to be present for the screening in order to vote.

The Rule Change

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In the Association's words:

"Distributors must contact the HFPA to arrange a screening date on the official HFPA calendar that meets the timing requirements of the Golden Globes eligibility rules (i.e. not later than one week after the release of English-language motion pictures in Los Angeles); and 2) by that date, distributors must provide all HFPA members with a screening link or a DVD copy of the motion picture so that members may view it at home. This alternate screening procedure is in effect from March 15 until April 30, 2020, with this period subject to later review and extension."

Widening the Eligible Movies

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Along with the changes to the screening rules, HFPA will also be widening the spectrum of eligible films. Normally, eligible films would be films in theaters, and pay-per-view services, but since the coronavirus has put a wrench in everyone's plans, they will now also include works from alternate formats like streaming services, subscription channels, etc.

"The HFPA will continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on motion picture and television distribution and exhibition and may extend these suspensions of the Golden Globe award rules and/or may make other temporary variations to those rules as it considers appropriate in the future." says the organization.

Who's Hosting?

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As far as the actual ceremony, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler were announced to return as hosts back in January. While there is no official date for the Golden Globes, chances are it will probably fall on a Sunday in January (as it usually does).

Ricky Gervais hosted the ceremony a few months back, and absolutely blew it out of the park like he had the previous years. No one has the guts to do what Gervais did, and we're so glad we were able to see him destroy Hollywood's biggest actors/actresses/producers one more time (hopefully not the last).

With The Golden Globes changing it up, it looks like the Oscars, and other award ceremonies might follow in their footsteps as well.

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