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Golden Globes rules tightened, date announced

New guidelines aim to prevent another ‘Martian’ in the dramatic category

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Following a 2016 Golden Globe Awards ceremony plagued by category fraud controversy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Monday an 11-page set of revamped rules, as well as a Jan. 8, 2017 date for the 74th edition of the awards.

The HFPA’s new guidelines for awards consideration include modifications to the animated feature and foreign film categories in addition to tweaked genre classifications, particularly in distinguishing between comedies and dramas. In order to be nominated as a musical, a submitted film must be a “comedy or drama in which songs are used in addition to spoken dialogue to further the plot.” And to prevent a film like The Martian appearing in the same category as a film like Spy, the Globes have set forth a new rule in which “dramas with comedic overtones should be entered as dramas,” not comedies.

The Martian‘s placement in the Comedy or Musical category at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards drew criticism from audiences and Hollywood professionals alike, with comedy director Judd Apatow (This Is 40, Trainwreck) putting the film’s star, Matt Damon, on blast at the 2016 Critics Choice Awards. A parody trailer for The Martian, recut as a comedy, appeared online shortly after the film won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy earlier this year.

The HFPA’s new rules also state that an actor may not be nominated for a cameo appearance playing him- or herself, and motion pictures that feature less than 75 percent animation of the film’s main characters will not qualify in the Animated Feature Film category.

Check out the full list of modified eligibility rules and requirements on the Golden Globes’ official website. The 74th Golden Globe Awards will be handed out Jan. 8, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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