Fans might be enjoying Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar, but it won't be eligible for some big recognition.
The Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo comedy wasn't able to submit for Golden Globes and SAG Awards nominations this year, and under current rules, won't be able to for 2022 either, Variety reported Tuesday (February 16).
The film was released on PVOD on February 12, which means it's caught in a “COVID-awards loophole” under the current rules and guidelines for the awards shows, according to the outlet.
"The Lionsgate comedy was originally scheduled to be released theatrically on July 31, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was pushed back to July 16, 2021. During the holiday period between Christmas and New Year’s, the distributor decided to cancel the film’s theatrical release and instead debut on premium VOD platforms on Feb. 12. On Jan. 11, Lionsgate announced its plans, and the film was now within the Oscars’ extended eligibility window," Variety reports.
"However, for the Golden Globes, the deadline for submissions was November 30, and at the time, the film was still thought to be a summer 2021 release. When the release plans were officially announced, it was too late for the film to throw itself into the ring for this year’s awards consideration."
"There have been no official eligibility announcements by any major awards bodies regarding the 2021 film year and any upcoming 2022 award shows. The assumption has been it would begin March 1, 2021, and end on Dec. 31, 2021. This has placed Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar in this seemingly 'eligibility purgatory' for any possible accolades."
The last update to the HFPA rules and website was in January: "On January 28, 2021, the HFPA adopted the following clarification to these special COVID rules: All motion picture drama, musical/comedy, foreign language and animated film submissions entered for consideration for the 2021 Golden Globe awards whose release schedule changes between February 3, 2021 (day of the nominations) and February 28, 2021 (end of current eligibility period) and therefore become ineligible for the 2021 awards because their release is delayed to a date after February 28, 2021, also will not be eligible for the 2022 awards. If you anticipate that your film’s release date will be delayed to a date after February 28, 2021, please advise us prior to the announcement of our 2021 nominations on February 3, 2021."
The movie is also affected in the same way by the Screen Actors Guild Awards for 2022.
“This awards season has been and continues to be an ever-changing landscape. Our rules are typically released in July and we will be reviewing this and other scenarios that arise following the 27th SAG Awards on April 4," a rep said in a statement.
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