Golden Globes Revises Rules on Miniseries

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
Golden Globes Revises Rules on Miniseries

Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has issued revisions on Golden Globes’ rules for TV series/miniseries, animated features and foreign-language films. Read on for more details about this story.

According to Deadline, the Golden Globe Awards has revised the category definitions of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Of such, one occurring change to the rule is the “Mini-Series” category. It will be changed to “Limited Series” category, and it will be defined based on story and content and not through length or number of episodes. Distinction between a “Limited Series” and “Drama Series” has been vividly explained.


A limited series is defined as a program having two or more episodes spanning a total run time of at least 150 minutes  and tells “a complete, non-recurring story,” while a drama series is a program with an “on-going theme, storyline or main characters,” with title and production supervision “from year to year.”

Other classifications regarding the rules are as follows:

By 2014, an animated film in non-English language will be classified under the animation category.
The organization defines an animation wherein a character’s movement will use frame-by-frame technique, meaning, animated films done through by computers or cells will qualify, but not motion-capture. Seventy-five percent of the title character should be animated; this clarifies for live-action/animation hybrids such as “Smurfs” and “Chipmunks.” This new rule will affect the foreign-language category.

For overseas entries, the rule will stay the same. The film must premiere within the past 14 months in the country it originates. HFPA will not put a cap on the limit of films to enter from any country.

The Golden Globe Awards is an American accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which recognizes excellence in film and television, both of domestic and foreign origins. For the upcoming 2015 Golden Globes, nominations will be announced by Dec. 11, 2014 and is set for Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton, airing live on NBC. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host for  third time in a row.

Below is the schedule for the Golden Globes from Deadline.

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Deadline for submission for Golden Globes Motion Picture and Television entry forms

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Deadline for submitting a media or publicist credential request for the Nominations Announcement

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
Deadline for nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young


Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Final screening date for Motion Pictures

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
Final date for Motion Picture press conferences

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
Deadline for receipt of nomination ballots by Ernst & Young

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Announcement of nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe® Awards at 5:00 a.m./PT and 8:00 a.m. ET

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Deadline for receipt of media credential applications for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe® Awards

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
Final ballots mailed to all HFPA members

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
Deadline for receipt of publicist credential applications for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe® Awards

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Deadline for receipt of final ballots by Ernst & Young

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Presentation of the 72nd Annual Golden Globe® Awards

That’s it for the Golden Globes’ revision of rules for miniseries. For more updates on events, celebrities, movies and TV shows, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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