Tom Cruise has now joined the outrage against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The star has mailed the three Golden Globe trophies he has won over the years back to HFPA.
The trophies he returned to HFPA include:
- The Best Actor prize for Jerry Maguire
- The Best Actor prize he won for Born on the Fourth of July
- The Best Supporting Actor prize for his role in Magnolia
It wouldn’t be surprising if other stars follow his lead and decide to return their trophies too.
The 58-year-old has joined Hollywood stars like Scarlett Johanson, Mark Ruffalo in protesting the ethics of the HFPA, a group of journalists that hand out the annual awards for film and television but lack diversity.
US television network NBC had decided to cancel its broadcast of the Golden Globes ceremony in 2022 because of racial discrimination claims. The decision came even after the HFPA agreed to recruit more Black members and continue to make inclusive changes in the next 18 months. While NBC had initially supported this change in plans, they later said they would wait to see if the redemptive plans worked. The network feels that any change of a large magnitude will require time and work. Lack of diversity is one issue, but the HFPA members have also been accused of having made sexist and racist remarks. They’re also accused of soliciting favors from celebrities. However, NBC also stated that if HFPA stays true to its plan, they will consider airing the show in January 2023.
After NBC’s announcement, HFPA reiterated its planned reforms and released a detailed timetable. They said implementing reforms was a priority, no matter the next air date of the Golden Globes. Their itinerary showcases that by August 2021, HFPA would hire a new chief executive, add 20 new members, approve a new code of conduct, and conduct diversity and sexual harassment training.
Golden Globes is one of the biggest Hollywood awards shows after the Oscars, attended by celebrities as well as other high-profile icons. However, after an investigation published in February by the Los Angeles Times, it has been scrutinized that there were no Black members in the group of 87 journalists.
Scarlett Johansson decided to join Netflix, Amazon Studios, WarnerMedia, and other public companies on Saturday by announcing that she would no longer work with the HFPA unless they made drastic reforms. The Marriage Story star also asked her fellow actors to “take a step back from the HFPA” and associated Golden Globe events. She stated, “this has often meant facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment.”
WarnerMedia also spoke up against HFPA through a letter voicing its concerns about “racially insensitive, sexist and homophobic questions” at press conferences and events during the Golden Globe nominations and awards process over the years.
“For far too long, demands for perks, special favors and unprofessional requests have been made to our teams and to others across the industry,” their letter stated.