Golden Globes Set Key Dates, Change Animation and Foreign-Language Rules

Under the new rules, last year’s foreign-language nominee “The Wind Rises” would have been shifted to the animation category

Golden Globes statuette

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the timetable for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, in the process instituting new rules that will change the category in which animated foreign-language films can compete.

Oct. 31 is the deadline for submitting entry forms for the Globes, with nominating ballots mailed on Nov. 26, the final day to screen films for HFPA members on Dec. 3 and the nominations announced on Dec. 11.

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Final voting will take place between Dec. 22 and Jan. 7. As previously announced, the Globes show taking place on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, four days before Academy Award nominations are announced.

The most significant of this year’s rule concerns animated foreign-language films such as Hayao Miyazaki‘s “The Wind Rises,” which was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Motion Picture category last year.

At the time, an animated foreign-language film was eligible in the foreign-language category, but not in the Best Animated Motion Picture category. The new rules reverse that.

The rules now ban foreign-language films from the Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy categories, but allow them to compete in all other categories. They ban animated films from the two best-picture categories, and from the foreign-language category.

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In other changes, the definition of an animated film has been clarified, with the notation that motion-capture is not considered an animation technique and that “movement and characters’ performances must be created using a frame-by-frame technique” through the use of “hand drawing, stop motion, pixilation, animation software or a similar technique.”

The rules are similar to the ones used by the Motion Picture Academy in defining animation.

The HFPA has also replaced the word “miniseries” in its category names with “limited series,” and worked to define the boundaries between series and limited series.

Under the new rules, a series is defined as a program in which “the on-going theme, storyline or main characters must be presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision within the year and from year to year.”

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A limited series “must tell a complete, non-recurring story.”

The Globes Timetable:

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014: Deadline for submission for Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms.
Friday, Nov. 14: Deadline for submitting a media or publicist credential request for the nominations announcement.
Wednesday, Nov. 26: Nomination ballots mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young.Wednesday, Dec. 3: Final screening date for motion pictures.
Saturday, Dec. 6: Final date for motion picture press conferences.
Monday, Dec. 8: Deadline for receipt of ballots by Ernst & Young.
Thursday, Dec. 11: Announcement of nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at 5 a.m. PT.
Friday, Dec. 12: Deadline for receipt of media credential applications.
Monday, Dec. 22: Final ballots mailed to all HFPA members.
Friday, Dec. 26: Deadline for receipt of publicist credential applications for Golden Globes.
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015: Deadline for receipt of final ballots by Ernst & Young.
Sunday, Jan. 11: 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards.