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Golden Globes and Oscars 2021 Have New Rules Thanks to COVID-19

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Since coronavirus pandemic enveloped the entire world, people have started making changes in their lives. Similarly, there are new rules for Oscars 2021 and Golden Globes 2021. These changes are temporary and will be reversed after the situation gets better.

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For Oscars 2021, Academy has allowed streaming-only films to qualify

Before COVID-19, Academy had a different list of requirements. One of them included that in order to qualify for Oscars, a film must be running for seven days in a commercial theater in LA. However, people cannot go to film theaters at the moment and Oscars 2021 had to introduce new guidelines and rules for the film’s qualification. According to new rules, movies released on streaming websites and other digital platforms will be eligible for Oscars 2021. However, it does not mean that every single film will be able to get a nominee. It is only possible if a film had a previously planned theatrical release but got canceled due to COVID-19. In a press release by the Academy, president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said:

“The Academy firmly believes there is no greater way to experience the magic of movies than to see them in a theater. Our commitment to that is unchanged and unwavering. Nonetheless, the historically tragic COVID-19 pandemic necessitates this temporary exception to our awards eligibility rules.”

Similarly, Golden Globes 2021 also has new and improved rules in the midst of COVID-19

Just like Oscars 2021, Golden Globes 2021 will be based on different rules and regulations. Previously, a film was screened for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) at a third-party location. Only then a film would be eligible for Golden Globe nomination. According to new rules, distributors will contact HPFA for a screening date and then provide a screening link or a DVD copy to the members at their homes. This will help the member decide who to nominate for Golden Globes 2021. However, this is also for only those films which had a planned theatrical release but got canceled due to the pandemic. In a statement, HPFA said:

“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.”


Despite the new rules, the chances of the ceremonies happening are bleak.

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