Remember how Ridley Scott’s The Martian won the award for Best Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes earlier this year? Of course you do. The brilliant people of the internet made sure you would never forget it with hilarious memes and recut trailers.
Well, it looks like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is having trouble forgetting the controversy as well. They are changing the rules for next year’s ceremony…
“Motion pictures shall be entered in the category that best matches the overall tone and content of the motion picture. Thus, for example, dramas with comedic overtones should be entered as dramas.”
Which is exactly what The Martian was. If this rule change happened last year, The Martian would have been going up against the big dogs in the drama category, and the cast & crew probably would have left without an award.
And just to add an extra level of protection, once a film has been selected to appear in a certain category, HFPA members will be able to vote by written ballot whether or not the film should truly be accepted in the category that was chosen. It will take a 2/3 vote of the membership to officially change the submission to a different category.
Sounds like a great move to us. In addition to the announcement of the rule change, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association also set a date for next year’s ceremony. The 74th annual Golden Globes Awards will air on NBC January 8, 2017.