The Golden Globes adds two new categories for its forthcoming presentation in January

The 81st Golden Globe Awards will introduce two new categories to the annual film and television excellence celebration.

If you’re making predictions for the 2024 Golden Globes, you’ll need to add two more categories to the list. The annual celebration of American and international film and television is excited to introduce the following categories: Cinematic and Box Office Achievement in Motion Pictures and Best Stand-Up Comedian on Television.

The Golden Globe for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement revolves around nominees from this year’s highest-grossing and most-viewed films with an emphasis on global impact. Meanwhile, the Best Performance in Stand-Up Comedy on Television award celebrates the cream of the crop in comedic performers or an individual performance as part of a comedy group/ensemble.

Nominations for each category are set to be announced on Monday, December 11, 2023, with the 2024 Golden Globes going live on Sunday, January 7, 2024.

It’s challenging to think of a film with more global impact than Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. While the film is still playing in select theaters (and available to purchase digitally or stream), Barbie is sitting pretty in the title character’s Dream House with $1.4B+ at the worldwide box office.

Here are the details for each of the new awards:

Cinematic and Box Office Achievement 

The Cinematic and Box Office Achievement includes nominees from the year’s most acclaimed, highest-earning and/or most viewed films that have garnered extensive global audience support and attained cinematic excellence. 


• Motion pictures are eligible for the Cinematic and Box Office Achievement award if they achieve a box office receipt total/gross of $150 million, of which $100 million must come from the U.S. domestic box office, and/or obtain commensurate digital streaming viewership recognized by trusted industry sources.

•Films that are released after November 22 up until the end of the year may qualify based on projected box office performance and/or digital streaming views from trusted industry sources.

• Cinematic and Box Office Achievement contenders can also be considered for Best Motion Picture in their respective categories, i.e., Drama, Comedy or Musical, Animated or Non-English Language if they meet the eligibility requirements for each of those awards.

• Box office and streaming views will determine eligibility; once a film meets the box office-related qualifying criteria or streaming criteria, Golden Globes voters will determine the nominees and winner based on excellence.  

• A total of 8 nominees will be named for this category.

Best Performance in Stand-Up Comedy on Television (also known as Best Stand-Up Comedian on Television)

This new category gives standups a dedicated award for an individual performance or as part of a comedy group/ensemble. 


• 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, are eligible for this award.

• Television includes works released by broadcast, basic and premium cable, streaming, and pay-per-view cable. To be eligible for Golden Globe awards, television programs must be released on a recognized media platform (individual social media accounts do not qualify).

• Only programs first aired (or made available for viewing on demand) in the United States during the qualifying calendar year are eligible. 

• A total of 6 nominees will be named for this category.

What do you think about the Golden Globes adding two more categories to its roster of achievements in film and television? Who or what would you nominate for each category? Let us know in the comments below.

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