Several rule changes will be coming into effect for the 2017 Golden Globes that will turn the event into a real awards show. Historically, studios have spent money to give the voting members of Hollywood Foreign Press Association special treatment, essentially buying wins for their nominated film or series. Several rules are in place to avoid influencing nominations; in addition to this for 2017 onward voting members cannot attend events between the nominations announcement and the end of voting. This will end the practice of studios wining and dining HFPA members to win votes and future Golden Globe winners will actually earn the award.
Other changes to category eligibility requirements are coming on the heels of The Martian's controversial win for Best Comedy or Musical. Judd Apatow has been very vocal in criticizing Matt Damon and The Martian team for opting to compete in the comedy category and not with the dramas. He tweeted that dramas shying away from competing against other dramas and dominating the comedy categories "is a punk move." While presenting at the Critics' Choice Awards, Apatow shared his thoughts on the The Martian win. Directing his comments to Matt Damon sitting in the audience he said, "We only have one award Matt, that’s all we get. I’m like a nerd on the schoolyard, and you stole my milk money." He also went on to joke that they had an Asian actor in his film, Trainwreck, can they be nominated in the Foreign Film category now? Watch Apatow's full speech from the Critics' Choice Awards on YouTube.
Trying to dominate the comedy category when you are really a drama afraid of dramatic competition is a punk move. https://t.co/wIzGHCmeGx— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 7, 2015
All joking aside, this is a smart move by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Golden Globes can now be taken more seriously and are not just another night for the Hollywood elite to party. With deserving nominees winning awards, the Golden Globes should become more accurate for forecasting front-runners for the Academy Awards.