NBC said it will not broadcast the Golden Globes next year after several major entertainment companies and stars indicated that they would not participate in the awards show or work with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that oversees the event.
At issue is how the HFPA runs the Globes. The organization, comprised of 87 foreign journalists, has long been criticized by Hollywood executives for its small size and outsize influence. Specifically, the organization has been criticized for accepting paid trips and other perks from studios and cozying up to big stars in return for access. The group has also been under fire for its lack of diversity and earlier this year confirmed it had no Black members.
The concerns surrounding the HFPA operations were raised again earlier this year in a Los Angeles Times report. In response to the Los Angeles Times, the HFPA said, “None of these allegations has ever been proven in court or in any investigation, (and they) simply repeat old tropes about the HFPA and reflect unconscious bias against the HFPA’s diverse membership.”
The HFPA last week announced a new set of changes to address its diversity and oversight, including expanding its membership by 50% over the next 18 months and making changes within its executive ranks. “We understand that the hard work starts now and we remain dedicated to becoming a better organization and an example of diversity, transparency, and accountability in this industry,” the HFPA posted on its website last week.
Those efforts were not enough to appease its critics. In the past few days, Netflix , Amazon and WarnerMedia said they would not participate in the Golden Globes unless the organization initiated a substantial overhaul of its operations. Celebrities including Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo also have spoken out against the group in recent days. Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globe trophies for “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Magnolia” in protest, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.