Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Oscars 2017: HFPA Rule Changes

Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of Topic Of The Day. For today's topic, I figured I'd delve into what could be an influence into the upcoming awards season that really intrigued me.

First off, they have announced that the 74th Golden Globe Awards will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 8th, 2017.

Also, after the controversial inclusion of The Martian in the Musical/Comedy categories, they have decided to shape up their categorization rules:

1. Musicals:

A comedy or drama with songs used in addition to spoken words to further the plot.

2. Drama and Comedy:

Movies will be entered in both categories based on the content that matches the overall tone of the film. For example, dramas with comedic overtones should be entered as dramas. 

The last rule is something I am on board with. Mainly because I am seriously tired of seeing dramas with some funny moments faux their way into the comedy category. When Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress-Musical or Comedy for Joy, I was slightly outraged. Not necessarily because she wasn't good. But because it was at the expense of more legitimately funny performances like Melissa McCarthy in Spy and Amy Schumer in Trainwreck. 

While I'm on the subject the Actress-Musical or Comedy category, I think part of the reason the general Best Actress race in 2014 was labeled as weak is because of the name checking of actresses in questionable comedies while more hilarious performances like Rose Byrne in Neighbors and especially Jenny Slate in Obvious Child were left out in the dust.

It reminds me a lot of the evils of category fraud where they put co-lead actors down to Supporting to increase their chances at getting nominated/winning. It prevents a more legitimately supporting performance from gaining any kind of traction whatsoever. The HFPA did give a middle finger to Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander's Supporting Actress campaigns last year when they were nominated for Best Actress-Drama. So it's nice that they continuing to change their ways in terms of categorization in order to dampen the politics of awards campaigns that are continuing to run rampant.

You can read their full list of rule changes here: