As far awards season goes, the Golden Globes Awards are best understood as a high school prom, compared to the Academy Awards‘ being more like a formal dinner at the White House. The Golden Globes aren’t taken very seriously, but it’s a fun party, with the nominees often seem positioned more to guarantee celebrity attendance than any consideration based on merit. The Musical Or Comedy category at the Globes has been particular source of random nominees, with movies like “Alice In Wonderland,” “My Week With Marilyn,” “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind,” and “Her” managing to qualify over the years. But perhaps the most egregious nomination in the category in recent memory was at this year’s ceremony for Ridley Scott‘s “The Martian,” which wound up winning over films like “Spy” and “Trainwreck.” Well, it seems even the Golden Globes have their limits.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Globes, has ruled today a change to guidelines, stating “dramas with comedic overtones should be entered as dramas.” Seems like the sort of thing that should be obvious, but in an awards season where studios try to whatever they can to get some shine on their films, it needs to spelled out.
Other changes include ruling that actors cannot be nominated for playing themselves in cameo roles (lol), and that animated feature films need to be at least 75% animated. You can check out the full changes to the rules right here. We’ll see how they actually work in practice next year. [The Independent]