Golden Globes adds categories for best blockbuster movie, TV stand-up comic
A Golden Globe statue appears at the nominations event for 79th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 13, 2021, in Beverly Hills, California (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Two new awards will be presented at the 81st Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 7, 2024, the Golden Globes organisation announced Tuesday.

One new category, best cinematic and box office achievement, will include eight nominees chosen "from among the year's highest-earning and/or most viewed films that have gained extensive global audience support and produced exceptional creative content".

More specifically, films will be eligible "if they achieve a box office receipt total/gross of US$150 million, of which US$100 million must come from the US domestic box office, and/or obtain commensurate digital streaming viewership recognised by trusted industry sources".

Meanwhile, films released after November 22 through the end of the calendar year "may qualify based on projected box office performance and/or digital streaming views from trusted industry sources".

Golden Globes voters will then "determine the nominees and winner based on excellence".

Eligibility for this award will not preclude recognition in any other category, such as best motion picture drama or musical/comedy.

Another new category, best performance in stand-up comedy on television (aka best stand-up comedian on television) will recognise six nominees who gave "traditional stand-up comedy performances of at least 30 minutes, other than roles in television series, limited series, anthology series or motion pictures made for television" on "a recognised media platform (individual social media accounts do not qualify)".

Only programmes first aired or made available for viewing on demand in the US during the qualifying calendar year are eligible.

"The Golden Globes has a rich history of supporting and celebrating the work of comedians, and we're thrilled to honor their brilliance alongside outstanding motion picture and television performances of the year," Helen Hoehne, the president of the Golden Globes organisation, said in a statement. "Additionally, we are proud to recognise the hard work and innovation that goes into making a film that is both a blockbuster and artistically exceptional."

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