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In what looks like the primary of what is going to be many related bulletins because the coronavirus pandemic goes on, the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation has introduced that it’s suspending a number of the eligibility guidelines it makes use of to find out which motion pictures can high quality for Golden Globe nominations. This comes from The Wrap, which says motion pictures that had their theatrical runs suspended because of the virus are nonetheless eligible, and exhibitors will now not want to carry “official screenings” with HFPA members in attendance. That is all non permanent and may solely cowl motion pictures that might’ve come out between March 15 and April 30, however the HFPA may lengthen the change to the foundations and can evaluation the eligibility of movies from this era “on a case-by-case foundation.”

The best way it used to work, or slightly the best way it usually works, is that motion pictures have to carry a screening for HFPA members “within the better Los Angeles space” inside every week of when the film opened in theaters. Now, film distribution firms will nonetheless need to schedule a “screening date” for HFPA members, however as a substitute of an precise screening they are going to simply be in control of distributing screeners to “all members of the group.”

One may argue that the HFPA remains to be instituting weirdly particular guidelines on which motion pictures are eligible, and the wording of a few of this implies that the group may nonetheless reject sure motion pictures, however at this level we’ll give the HFPA no matter it wants so as to retain some sense of normalcy. If making it difficult to determine what motion pictures are and usually are not eligible for an award is the best way to do it, then that’s the best way we’re doing it.

The Wrap additionally notes that the Academy’s Board Of Governors is at the moment “within the technique of evaluating” how the coronavirus and the theater closures will affect Oscars eligibility, however it’s not anticipated to decide till October.