Golden Globes Ignored Foreign and Animated Films for Nomination Voting

The Golden Globes are on Sunday night, but no one will be able to see it because NBC canceled its broadcast of the ceremony after a spate of controversy for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. After much scrutiny, the group announced multiple plans for diversity change and reform in its organization. One of the proposed changes was to allow animated and non-English films to compete in their top categories. However, that change was not implemented to produce this year’s crop of nominees.

When HFPA members fill out their electronic ballots to vote for the nominees, they are presented with options in those respective categories. If a movie or performer is not included in the category, they cannot be added. Variety It has exclusively learned that at the time of the group’s vote for this year’s nominees in December, films that are primarily spoken outside the English language, or animated films, were not included as choices in Best Dramatic Film or Best Comedy or Musical. . image categories. This conflicts directly with the HFPA’s June announcement that those films would be eligible to compete in the major categories in the future.

In addition, the HFPA provides its members with a “reminder list” of movies, television series, and performances, to help them make selections in specific categories. Animated and foreign language films were not included in those particular lists for best picture.

Previous HFPA rules stipulated that, unlike Oscars, contenders in the Golden Globes best drama or comedy / musical categories must be composed of at least 50% dialogue in English. Unfortunately, this prevented films like “The Farewell” and “Parasite” from competing for best picture, the latter of which ended up winning first prize at the Academy Awards.

This is likely one factor that explains why a critically acclaimed Japanese film such as Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” received top honors from Los Angeles, New York, and the National Society of Film Critics, but was not nominated. for best drama. . It was only recognized in the foreign language category. Winning the top accolade from these three groups of critics is quite a feat, as David Fincher’s “The Social Network” (2010) was the last film to do so.

The HFPA received a massive pushback from critics and the entertainment industry after rules forced Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” to compete only in the foreign language category last year, despite the film being a production. American. Directors, writers and actors condemned the policy, with criticism coming from figures like Lulu Wang and Daniel Dae Kim. However, A24’s feature film was nominated at the Oscars for best picture and won an award for acting as a supporting actress for Yuh-Jung Youn.

Before the creation of its animation category in 2006, the HFPA had no problem recognizing animated features in a meaningful way. Films like “The Lion King” (1994) and “Beauty and the Beast” (1991) won the award for best comedy or musical in their respective years. The latter became the first animated film to be nominated for a best picture at the Oscars. However, despite films that captured the spirit of the age like Walt Disney’s “Charm,” it was not an option in any of the main categories, it only found recognition in best animated film, along with “Flee,” Luca. “,” My Sunny Maad “and” Raya “. And the Last Dragon”. On the bright side: Neon’s “Flee”, an animated documentary spoken in Danish, was recognized when doctors could never be included in any category at the Golden Globes in previous years.

Variety approached the HFPA. A representative shared that members were aware of the rule changes and stated that animated and foreign language films could be voted on in all eligible categories.

“The HFPA registration database clearly shows that non-English and animated films were submitted as eligible for both categories and that members were free to vote that way,” shared an HFPA representative. “The reminder list is not part of the official ballot. It is to remind people. All members know that movies can be eligible in both categories. “

However, that statement contradicts the ballots issued to HFPA members, which did not include animated or foreign language films.

This disclosure calls into question the sincerity of the HFPA regarding its planned changes. Furthermore, he questions whether going ahead with a show this year was the best solution to his many internal crises.

In recent months, the HFPA implemented some changes to its bylaws and structure to address its controversial practices and lack of transparency and inclusion. In October, the group added 21 new members to the organization, six of whom are black. However, newly elected HFPA president Helene Hoehne spoke with Variety in December, sharing the frustration that the group was not given credit for their steps to reform.

The main question: do the Globes matter for this awards season? The answer seems to be confusing: it doesn’t matter if they end up importing.

The Golden Globes are a piece in the ecosystem that is Oscar season. It’s a checkbox for talents to compete for the Academy’s attention. Tonight will not feature a red carpet, celebrities, or any winner likely to recognize your honor. Despite that, the group will continue to move forward and will likely be on television again in 2023 (if they can manage not to anger anyone else). Has the HFPA moved toward change? Yes. Do you have a problem with messaging and communication, exasperated by a sense of entitlement to own this sector of Hollywood? Absolutely. Can your leadership do enough to bring respect to the organization? I think so, but with thoughtful changes that feel sincere. That is what matters most.

Despite that, we will be monitoring their social media channels to see who they name as winners. Quick predictions of the winners are below.


Movie (drama): “The power of the dog” (Netflix)
Alternative: “CODA” (Apple Original Movies)

Movie (comedy or musical): “West Side Story” (20th Century Studies)
Alternative: “Licorice Pizza” (MGM / United Artists release)

Lead Actor (Drama): Will Smith, “King Richard” (Warner Bros.)
Substitute: Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)

Lead Actor (Comedy or Musical): Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick … Boom!” (Netflix)
Substitute: Peter Dinklage, “Cyrano” (MGM / United Artists release)

Main actress (drama): Kristen Stewart, “Spencer” (Neon / Topic Studios)
Substitute: Lady Gaga, “House of Gucci” (MGM / United Artists release)

Main actress (comedy or musical): Rachel Zegler, “West Side Story” (20th Century Studies)
Substitute: Alana Haim, “Licorice Pizza” (MGM / United Artists release)

Supporting actor (film): Jamie Dornan, “Belfast” (Main Features)
Substitute: Ben Affleck, “The Tender Bar” (Amazon Studios)

Supporting Actress (Movie): Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story” (20th Century Studies)
Substitute: Caitríona Balfe, “Belfast” (Main functions)

Director (Movie): Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
Substitute: Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast” (Focus Features)

Script (Movie): “Licorice Pizza” (MGM / United Artists Release) – Paul Thomas Anderson
Alternative: “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios) – Aaron Sorkin

Original score: “Dune” (Warner Bros.) – Hans Zimmer
Alternative: “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures) – Germaine Franco

Original song: “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect” (MGM / United Artists Release) – Carole King, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Hartman
Alternative: “Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Warner Bros) – Dixson, Beyoncé

Movie (animated feature): “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Alternative: “Raya and the Last Dragon” (Walt Disney Pictures)

Movie (foreign language): “A Hero” (Iran)
Alternative: “Drive My Car” (Japan)


TV Series (Drama): “Squid Game” (Netflix)
Alternative: “Succession” (HBO)

TV Series (Comedy or Musical): “Reserve dogs” (FX)
Alternative: “Only murders in the building” (Hulu)

TV series (limited): “Easttown Mare” (HBO)
Alternative: “Maid” (Netflix)

Television actor (drama): Jeremy Strong, “Succession” (HBO)
Substitute: Omar Sy, “Lupine” (Netflix)

Television actor (comedy or musical): Steve Martin, “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)
Substitute: Nicholas Hoult, “The Great” (Hulu)

Television actor (limited): Tahar Rahim, “The Serpent” (Apple TV Plus)
Substitute: Oscar Isaac, “Scenes from a Marriage” (HBO)

TV Actress (Drama): MJ Rodríguez, “Pose” (FX)
Substitute: Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)

Television actress (comedy or musical): Jean Smart, “Hacks” (HBO)
Substitute: Issa Rae, “Insecure” (HBO)

Television actress (limited): Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown” (HBO)
Substitute: Margaret Qualley, “Maid” (Netflix)

Supporting Actor (Television): Kieran Culkin, “Succession” (HBO)
Alternate: Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Supporting Actress (Television): Jennifer Coolidge, “The White Lotus” (HBO)
Substitute: Sarah Snook, “Succession” (HBO)

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