The backlash surrounding the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has grown to another magnitude as Tom Cruise hands back his awards.
Cruise, who has won three Golden Globe trophies throughout his career, returned the awards to the HFPA headquarters in protest to the current issues. In total, Cruise’s gongs for the Best Actor prize he won for Jerry Maguire, the Best Actor award for Born on the Fourth of July and the Best Supporting Actor prize he won for Magnolia have all been sent back.
The major backlash has stemmed from a report published by the LA Times in February which shockingly revealed that of the 87-person voting body, not a single Black member was included.
Along with Netflix, Amazon Studios and Warner who are all boycotting the organisation until changes are made, official broadcaster NBC has also joined the movement. While the glaringly obvious diversity issues are clear, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has also been accused of sexist, homophobic and racially insensitive questions during the Golden Globes press conferences.
The Network, which has shown the awards since 1996, is said to pay in excess of $60million every year for the rights. Now though, the company has announced its intention to not broadcast the 2022 event, allowing time for wholesale changes to be made. “We continue to believe that the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right,” NBC said in a statement.
Adding: “As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organisation executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
In response to the news, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association released a statement detailing their plans for reform: “Regardless of the next air date of the Golden Globes, implementing transformational changes as quickly – and as thoughtfully – as possible remains the top priority for our organisation,” they said.
“We invite our partners in the industry to the table to work with us on the systemic reform that is long overdue, both in our organisation as well as within the industry at large.”