The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has modified the Golden Globes regulations this Friday to allow films from countries affected by the coronavirus to compete on equal terms in the next edition .
Until now, to participate in the Best Foreign Language (Non-English) Film category, films had to be released in theaters in their home country from October 1 to December 31 of the following year , although that requirement has been removed. because of the pandemic.
“Films scheduled to be released in theaters in their country, during the period from March 15 to a date to be determined by the HFPA when theaters in that country have generally reopened, can be released in any country in any format “, explained the association in its new bases.
Thus, the Golden Globes will allow films that have not been able to be released in cinemas closed by the coronavirus to compete, and which will also do so on equal terms, since the confinement and their subsequent reopening are not being the same in all of them. countries.
Neither will films have to be screened for the press that votes these awards in Los Angeles and it will be enough to send a link or a DVD copy.
The exception of allowing films released directly on television or the Internet to participate has also been imposed in the Oscar regulations, which, unlike the Golden Globes , are voted for by professionals in the sector, members of the Hollywood Academy.
Still, the organization has reiterated that this is an exclusive measure for this season and that only films “originally intended to be shown in theaters” affected by closings during the pandemic will compete.
At the moment, both awards maintain their delivery ceremonies scheduled for 2021 and have not updated the information in this regard.
In fact, the Golden Globes have already confirmed Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as presenters of their next gala .