Copycat alert: Globes switch to five animated nominees

Posted by · 4:59 pm · November 17th, 2009

UpAs with the PGA’s switch to 10 Best Picture nominees, the ‘Simon Says’ power of the Academy continues to prove irresistible. Shortly after definite confirmation that the Oscars will be expanding the Best Animated Feature category from three nominees to five, comes news that the Golden Globes are following suit:

Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association voted last week to expand this year’s number of nominations for Best Animated Feature to five.

The amended rule now reads: Eligible films must be feature-length (70 minutes or longer) with no more than 25% live action. If less than eight animated films qualify, the award will not be given, in which case the films would be eligible for Best Picture. If less than twelve animated films qualify, the category will be limited to three nominations per year.

Banner year for animation or not, would this announcement have been made had AMPAS not made the initiative? Unlikely. Am I the only one wishing the season’s precursors would prove themselves a little less suggestible, and stick by their own rules?

Anyway, the real horror in that press release is the ruling (instigated in 2006) that animated films are ineligible for the Best Picture award as long as the Best Animated Feature award remains intact. The Academy may ghettoize animation, but it doesn’t explicitly preclude it from the main race. For shame, Hollywood Foreign Press.

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  • 1 11-17-2009 at 5:02 pm

    Mr. F said...

    I hate that animated movies are not eligible. Why not do what they did with the foreign film category and allow them to compete too?

  • 2 11-17-2009 at 5:09 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Actually, the Globes don’t allow foreign-language films to compete in Best Picture either. One of their many frustrating quirks — though I’ll admit after the last ceremony, they accumulated a lot of goodwill from me.

  • 3 11-17-2009 at 5:19 pm

    Mr. F said...

    I thought they did. I remember reading a couple of years ago after The Kite Runner, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Apocalypto, and Letters from Iwo Jima could not compete because they were in another language even though they were american productions (or co-productions)

  • 4 11-17-2009 at 5:28 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I stand (partially) corrected. As of last year, American-produced foreign-language films are eligible for Best Picture at the Globes. (They can no longer compete for Best Foreign Language Film.)

    Non-American foreign-language film are still not eligible, however. Which is plainly idiotic.

  • 5 11-17-2009 at 5:53 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    I have a feeling the globes are going to eat up inglorious baterds throwing it head first into the race

  • 6 11-17-2009 at 6:25 pm

    Maxim said...

    Mr. F, please don’t bring up Apocalypto. It was absolute shite. Shallow, predictable and poorly directed. I am too angered to even look up if it was, in fact nominated in that category.

    As for the main topic, I think it’s possible (if somewhat unlikely) that considering the sheer number of eligible entires GGs would have switched to 5 nominees anyways.

  • 7 11-17-2009 at 6:47 pm

    Luke Gorham said...

    Did I miss something? When did the Academy announce definitely there would be five nominees? I know they announcd that twenty films had been submitted, but the voting process isn’t complete as far as I know…

  • 8 11-17-2009 at 7:23 pm

    Mr. F said...

    We are just assuming that since there are 20 eligible titles there will be 5 nominees. I’m sure they’ll give a passing grade to at least 5 of them

  • 9 11-17-2009 at 7:45 pm

    Luke Gorham said...

    They have to give a passing grade to 16 or more of them before there are officially 5 nominees. There is a preliminary voting process to determine eligibility.

  • 10 11-17-2009 at 8:29 pm

    j said...

    Would it be possible for an animated movie to qualify for Oscars but not Globes? I know it’s nigh impossible, but it’d be cool if 7 animated films qualified for Globes and then they were forced to let another animated movie in (probably by Pixar)…taking into account the dearth of quality comedies/musicals each year.

  • 11 11-17-2009 at 11:20 pm

    red_wine said...

    Why pretend that their are rules of any kind. Its just vanity and pomposity. The globes do what they want. They sometimes have 7 or 6 drama nominees, sometimes 6 directors nominated. Iwo Jima winning foreign film when it was an American production. Actually a lot of awards were guilty of that. Why not have the balls to give it best picture outright if you are so inclined to award it.

    But I agree Guy this is truly shameful that animated films and Foreign language films are ineligible for Best Picture. Its like the new apartheid! Films of such a low category its below us to treat them respectfully! I think the animated and foreign folks will literally have to go on the streets and protest to be considered on par with the greatest of all cinema types – the live-action-english-language movie.

  • 12 11-18-2009 at 4:49 am

    Erik said...

    Let’s not forget who the HFPA are: they’re the foreign press who came to Hollywood. They like bright lights and movie stars. They didn’t come all this way to get up close and personal with great filmmakers from all over the world, they just want their 5 minutes with Tom Cruise or Sharon Stone (yes, I know those are dated references, but probably not for that lot)