Masked ‘Mandalorian’ Actor Spurs Golden Globes Rules Change – Variety

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Pedro Pascal and his masked bounty hunter on “The Mandalorian” have made an affect on the Golden Globes’ guidelines.

In a well timed transfer throughout this period of masks carrying, a brand new Globe rule clarifies that Pascal, whose face wasn’t seen for many of the present, was certainly eligible final yr to compete as an actor within the TV competitors — however he would have simply barely made the grade.

Introduced by the Hollywood International Press Affiliation on Wednesday, “voice-only performances should not eligible in any performing class.” Meaning even when characters are bodily within the scene, actors whose faces should not seen should not eligible in any performing class. In “The Mandalorian,” which aired final fall, Pascal was in costume and hidden beneath a helmet all through the present’s eight-episode first season. It’s not till the season finale that the character’s helmet is eliminated and Pascal is lastly seen for the primary time.

In response to insiders, the weird nature of Pascal being largely hidden on “The Mandalorian” prompted the rule. Pascal finally wasn’t nominated for a Globe final yr, however the uncommon nature of his eligibility led the HFPA to make clear whether or not or not actors whose faces are utterly hidden can compete. Since Pascal was unmasked within the finale, the HFPA confirmed that the actor may have been nominated.

One other rule change introduced on Wednesday expanded the Globes’ voter pool. Lifetime members of the HFPA could now vote; nonetheless, there may be no one who’s eligible for lifetime standing right now. To qualify, members have to be presently lively for not less than 40 years, or have been beforehand lively for 30 years. They need to even be over the age of 75.

Amongst different TV modifications, the HFPA has added the time period “anthology” to its restricted collection/TV film class names. The transfer follows final yr’s determination so as to add anthologies — collection of separate and distinct tales primarily based on a standard topic or theme that don’t inform an entire, non-recurring story — to its checklist of packages eligible for Globes. (That features Netflix’s “Black Mirror,” Amazon Prime Video’s “Fashionable Love,” and CBS All Entry’ “The Twilight Zone.”)

These Golden Globe rule modifications and clarifications had been determined earlier than the COVID-19 disaster. The HFPA will contemplate further modifications if wanted due to additional disruptions brought on by the pandemic. The awards present is presently determined by a small group of about 85 journalists who cowl Hollywood for worldwide shops. As compared, about 8,500 members of the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences can vote for the Oscars.

The Globes already introduced that it’ll contemplate movies for the Globes in the event that they streamed first earlier than a theatrical launch due to movie show closures.

A date for the 2021 Golden Globes has not been introduced. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are set to return as co-hosts.

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