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As the number of television series produced in a given year has expanded exponentially, awards committees have seemed to have a hard time keeping up — not only do the voting members of various groups and guilds need to be well-versed on what aired when and is therefore eligible, but they also need to keep track of the size of performers’ roles in order to know if they actually qualify for the category in which they have been submitted, as well as the general state of new and emerging formats.
When it comes to the television side of the ballot for the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (HFPA) has kept many things consistent year-over-year. This includes lumping all supporting performers — across drama, comedy, limited series and TV movie — into only two categories: one for male actors and another for female actors. However, there are still quite a few new elements to note when looking ahead to the 77th annual awards in January.
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Call it a sign of peak TV, but for the first time in the history of the Golden Globes, episodic anthology series are allowed to compete. That’s right, the 90-odd international journalists who make up the HFPA were never before allowed to vote for an overall season of “Black Mirror,” for example, because each individual episode was its own standalone story. If the episode was more than 70 minutes long, it could have been submitted as a television movie. But with this year’s rule change, the three episodes that launched on Netflix in June are allowed to be submitted as one limited series. The exact phrasing of the rule is that episodic anthology series that “consist of two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes” that aired during the...
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