Eligibility Criteria

The below is meant to serve as a guide. Please refer to our complete Rules and Regulations for details.

MOTION PICTURES

Must be scripted, feature-length (over 60 minutes in running time), and first publicly exhibited before a paying audience in a commercial motion picture house in Los Angeles County (previews excluded) for at least a seven-day consecutive run commencing in the calendar year 2019. 

  • Short films (60 minutes or less in running time) and documentaries are not eligible. 
  • No non-theatrical public exhibition or distribution may occur prior to the first day of the Los Angeles County qualifying run.
  • Any eligible film motion pictures with a day-and-date release in theaters and on video on demand (“VOD”), or other new media platform, may only be submitted as a Motion Picture.

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Television and cable programs must have first aired in the United States in primetime (between 8 p.m. -11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday) and in the case of new media programs must have first been exhibited on a recognized new media platform in the United States and share the traditional primetime format relevant to all programs eligible for nomination. Eligible programs must air in 2019.

Comedy Series

  • A 30-minute scripted comedy series format with an ongoing theme and storyline in a minimum of six continuous episodes (reducible to a storyline of four continuous episodes in the cases in which the series is subject to a “short order”).
  • In order for a sketch comedy program to be considered, content must be 100% scripted with recurring characters appearing in sketches within the eligible season.

Drama Series

  • A 60-minute scripted drama series format with an ongoing theme and storyline in a minimum of six continuous episodes (reducible to a storyline of four continuous episodes in the cases in which the series is subject to a “short order”).

Television Movie

  • A scripted single closed-end program which tells a story with a beginning, middle and end, with a minimum duration of primarily 90 minutes.

Limited Series

  • A scripted, single title, multi-part closed-end program based on a single theme or storyline which is resolved within the piece in two or more installments, with a minimum duration of primarily 150 minutes.
  • Series with four or fewer installments in a calendar year may be considered in the Limited Series category. Any television movie or limited series previously submitted as a motion picture is not eligible. 
MOTION PICTURE CAST AND TELEVISION ENSEMBLE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
 
Motion Picture Cast Inclusion
  • Single-card main title billing

Comedy and Drama Television Ensemble Inclusion - NEW FOR 2019

  • Must meet one of the below requirements for inclusion:
    • Have a series regular contract and appear in a predetermined minimum number of original episodes airing in 2019. See grid below for required minimums.
    • Have guest star billing and appear in a majority (51%) of original episodes airing in 2019 (i.e. 6/10, 7/13, 12/22).
      *All eligible actors must be included.

Series Regular Eligibility Grid

Episodes Aired in 2019 Min. Episodes Required
6 2
7-8  3
9 -11 4
12 -13 5
14 - 16 6
17 - 18 7
19 -21 8
22 - 23 9
24 10

 

There are no minimum episode count requirements when submitting in an individual television category (Male or Female Actor in a Drama/Comedy/Limited Series).  

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