The American television network NBC has announced that it will stop broadcasting the Golden Globes ceremony in 2022 after a Hollywood reaction on the ethics of the group that distributes the annual film and television awards and its lack of diversity.
Actor Tom Cruise joined a platform-led revolt and broadcast studios, which returned the three Golden Globes he won for his roles to Jerry Maguire, Magnolia and Born on July 4, the Variety and Deadline Hollywood industry media.
The announcement of his NBC decision came Monday even after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which distributes the prizes, agreed to hire more black members and make other changes over the next 18 months. The network had initially welcomed the plan, but later said it would wait to see if the reforms worked.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been under fire for months after widespread allegations of racism, sexism, bullying and corruption among its ranks.
HFPA members have also been accused of soliciting favors from celebrities and studios.
“Changing this magnitude requires time and work and we firmly believe that HFPA needs time to do well. As such, NBC will not be issuing the 2022 Golden Globes,” NBC said in a statement.
“Assuming the organization executes its plan, we hope we can air the program in January 2023,” the network added.
Following NBC’s announcement, HFPA said implementing “transformational change” remained an urgent priority “regardless of the upcoming Golden Globe release date.”
In a statement, HFPA reiterated the planned reforms and gave a detailed timetable.
He said in August 2021 he would hire a new executive director, add 20 new members, approve a new code of conduct and provide training on diversity and sexual harassment, among other steps.
Last week, the group approved a series of reforms to become “more inclusive and diverse” by an “overwhelming” margin, hoping to draw a line under months of negative publicity.
But critics, including stars Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, said the changes did not go far enough and could not address some of the industry’s most fundamental grievances.
Potentially fatal blow
The annual Golden Globe ceremony, with the presence of A-list stars and industry executives, has become one of Hollywood’s biggest awards shows ahead of the Oscars.
But it has come under strict scrutiny following an investigation published in February by the Los Angeles Times that showed the group of 87 journalists, which includes bona fide journalists in major international publications, as well as semi-retired and obscure individuals who rarely work. for any conventional media, it had no black members.
NBC’s cancellation is a potentially fatal blow to the awards and to the organization itself, which depends heavily on the Globes’ television rights to fund it, and comes days after Netflix and Amazon Studios said no. they would work with HFPA until they were more “significant” and “Significant” changes were made.
Johansson, star of Lost in Translation and the Marvel superhero franchise, said over the weekend that he had “refused to participate” in HFPA press conferences for years because of “sexist questions and comments” that “limited to sexual harassment “.
Ruffalo recently said he “can’t feel proud or happy” to win a recent Golden Globe from a group with a “culture of secrecy and exclusion” that continues to “resist the change they are being asked to make.” “.
The National Association of Black Journalists, a group of more than 100 Hollywood publicists, several film industry unions, Time’s Up, and the LGBTQ charity GLAAD have also condemned the group.
WarnerMedia, which includes cable channel HBO and film studio Warner Bros., said in a letter to HFPA that it was concerned about “racially insensitive, sexist and homophobic issues” at press conferences and events during the process. Golden Globe nominations and awards.
“For a long time, claims of benefits, special favors, and unprofessional requests have been made to our teams and other industries,” the WarnerMedia letter said.