Disney+ and Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian helped put the streaming service on the map when it comes to original content and the viability of live-action Star Wars series, and now its influence has extended out into the awards arena. This week, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) clarified a Golden Globes rule that directly impacts the series but also reveals that star Pedro Pascal would've been eligible (barely) last year for a nomination. In a statement, HFPA announced that "voice-only performances are not eligible in any acting category", meaning that just being physically present in a scene isn't enough if the actor's face isn't seen.
Though Pascal was not nominated for his performance, it did spark the conversation to clarify whether actors whose faces are completely hidden can be considered for nomination. What the clarification also does is confirm that Pascal was eligible for consideration for his season one run. Though his character's face remained hidden through the first seven episodes, Pascal was finally seen in the finale and thus making him eligible (but it was close).
Fans of the series have more than just the second season to get excited for, with reports that work on the third season is already underway. Along with The Mandalorian, Disney+ has three other Star Wars universe series in production. Ewan McGregor returns for an Obi-Wan Kenobi series, while Diego Luna returns as Cassian Andor in a Rogue One prequel series. The streaming service recently confirmed that Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland was developing a female-led project.
Set between the events in Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, showrunner Favreau and Dave Filoni's (The Clone Wars) The Mandalorian takes place after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and follows a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. Disney+'s The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Ming-Na Wen, Carl Weathers, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, Taika Waititi, Bill Burr, and Mark Boone Jr. star.