Golden Globes Tweak Their Rules — Did an HBO Show Trigger One of the Key Changes?

Apr 25, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association issued a set of rules changes today ahead of the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, with one of the key changes apparently inspired by the HBO series “Big Little Lies.”

Most of the changes are “clarifications to the awards submission process, which will be added to the group’s guidelines,” Deadline reports. “Among the changes are clarifications in the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category, these coming after this year’s Globes (and 2017 Emmys) winner there, HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies,’ was renewed for a second season a couple of days before the Globes nominations were announced.”

The new guideline on submissions for limited series states that “a television limited series that is later renewed for an additional season shall be classified as a series or again as a limited series in that later season depending on the degree of continuity in theme, storyline, main characters and production supervision from the original limited series to the later year of the series.”

The Hollywood Reporter suggests that the new rule might be called “the ‘Big Little Lies’ rule.”

“That show was entered at the Globes [last year] as a limited series, but the very day after nomination voting ended, HBO revealed that it would be brought back for a second season, meaning it wasn’t a limited series after all, which irked many,” THR reports. “While the HFPA seems to recognize that there is very little that it can do to prevent that sort of situation from occurring again, it does seem to want to clarify — sort of — how the second season of a show like ‘Big Little Lies’ will be classified.”

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  1. Some lawyers are going to make additional money trying to explain the new “guidelines” to the people that make the submissions. As a line from a Harry Belefonte’s song, Man Piaba states, “… It was clear as mud but it covered the ground, and the confusion made the brain go ’round. …”

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