According to Variety, two new categories will be added to the Golden Globes broadcast in January. The first category added is for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement. The other category will be Best Performance in Stand-Up on Television. Currently, the Golden Globes ceremony is scheduled for January 7th, 2024. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (now owned by Dick Clark Productions) still seeking a broadcast partner to show the Golden Globes ceremony.
The eight potential nominees for the Cinematic and Box Office Achievement Golden Globe must meet specific criteria to be eligible for this category. Films are eligible if they gross $150 million at the box office, and $100 million of these earnings must come from the U.S. domestic box office. If the film is released after November 22nd up until the end of the year, it may be eligible based on projected performance at the box office or streaming. Also, films qualified for this category are still eligible for other nominations in their respective categories. For the potential six nominees in Best Performance in Stand-Up on Television, the only criteria needed to be met is that the comedy special is over thirty minutes in length and to be released on a recognized media platform (social media accounts do not count).
This is significant news from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and overall, it feels like it’s not the greatest idea. Including an award for Best Performance in Stand-Up on Television is fine, all things considered. It’s already an Emmy category, and it makes sense to award more television categories. However, the Golden Globe for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement seems a bit like a way to ride the wave of what’s happened with “Barbenheimer.” This is similar to what the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences tried proposing a while back with Best Popular Film in 2018, and that did not go over well. What seems to be the point of this award? Who would even be the recipient of it? Yes, we would love for incredible films to be successful, especially compared to some of the stuff that gets released now. But that isn’t the job of awards bodies like this. Although this isn’t how it always goes, films should be rewarded based on quality and merit. Also, with its language around views on streaming and counting that into how the winner is determined, how does this actually celebrate successful box office achievements? It just sounds like an excuse to try to get the telecast more viewers (and a broadcast partner) instead of acknowledging what makes the films special. If they really wanted to add a category that honored the hard work of individuals within the industry, voice actors and stunt coordinators are just waiting to be recognized.
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