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Golden Globe Awards 2021 to be a Bi-Coastal Event

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The Golden Globe Awards, conducted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), will be held bi-coastally, from the east and west ends of the USA, the association announced on Tuesday, reported  AP News. The award ceremony will take place on February 28.

According to CNet, the virtual ceremony will be broadcast live from The Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California, on NBC channel.

While Tina Fey will go live from New York’s Rainbow Room inside NBC’s corporate headquarters, Amy Poehler will be at the Globes’ usual home, Beverly Hilton. Fey and Poehler will be hosting the award ceremony together for the fourth time this year.

The nominations will be announced on Wednesday.

India has sent nine independent submissions- Chaitanya Tamhane‘s The Disciple, Vetri Maaran‘s Asuran, Sudha Kongara‘s Soorarai Pottru, Bijukumar Damodaran’s Trees Under The Sun, Om Raut‘s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Anurag Basu‘s Ludo, Kislay’s Just Like That, Lijo Jose Pellissery‘s Jallikattu, also India’s official Oscar entry, and Prateek Vats’ Eeb Alley Ooo!

Shyam Madiraju’s Harami has been sent by India in collaboration with the USA in the foreign language film category.

Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes does not have a limit on the number of submissions per country.

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the HFPA tweaked its eligibility policy for foreign language and English language films by extending the release dates of the films needed to qualify, from December 2020 to February 2021. A film will qualify only if its release date falls between October 1, 2019 to February 28, 2021, since the awards were postponed by two months.

In December 2020, the HFPA was criticised after a report from Variety revealed that several film categories had been shuffled around, including that of the American film Minari, which had been moved from the Best Picture category to the Best Foreign Film category.

According to the eligibility rules, any film with 50% of non-English dialogue is eligible for the foreign film category, making the film ineligible to win the Best Musical or Comedy or Drama award.

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