Each year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestows the Golden Globe Award in the Foreign Language category. To qualify, a film must be a motion picture drama, musical or comedy with at least 51% of the dialogue spoken in a non-English language. Documentaries are not eligible. Animated films – including foreign language ones – are considered in the Animation category.
To qualify, a foreign language film must have been released in their country of origin during the prior 15-month period, from October 1 to December 31 before the awards. Each film must have been screened for active HFPA members. Differently from the Academy Awards rules, the HFPA does not limit submissions to one per country - multiple submissions from any country are allowed as long as the films follow the qualification requirements and are screened for the membership as verified by the Foreign Film Committee.
This year 80 Foreign Language Films (from 49 countries) were eligible for Golden Globe consideration. That made for an intense viewing schedule ... as well as for one of the greatest privileges of the year.