The HFPA, which puts on the awards show each year, has been denounced for a lack of diversity and for ethical impropriates. It reached a tipping point on Monday when NBC announced it will not air next year’s awards ceremony.
“We continue to believe that the HFPA 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,” the network told Fox News in a statement on Monday. “As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
“Everything matters. Even this. The ripple effects echo through our industry, especially for Black artists and artists of color. Kudos to all the activists, artists, publicists and executives who took a stand to make this so,” Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay wrote on Twitter.
She also appeared to commend Tom Cruise, who returned his three Globes to the press association’s headquarters, a person told The Associated Press Monday.
“That time that Tom Cruise sent his @goldenglobes for ‘Jerry Maguire,’ ‘Magnolia’ and ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ in an actual box to the reception desk of HFPA to stand against their sexist, homophobic, racist practices of exclusion, harassment and bias,” she added.
Scarlett Johansson, a five-time Golden Globes nominee, also called out the HFPA, shining a light on what it’s like for actors who are “expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences” and award shows.
“In the past, this has often meant facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment. It is the exact reason why I, for many years, refused to participate in their conferences,” Johansson said in a statement over the weekend via Yahoo. “The HFPA is an organization that was legitimized by the likes of Harvey Weinstein to amass momentum for Academy recognition and the industry followed suit. Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA and focus on the importance and strength of unity within our unions and the industry as a whole.”
“Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo shared a positive response to NBC’s announcement on Monday.
“Thank you, @NBC, for taking the time to do this right,” Ruffalo tweeted.
Ruffalo’s reaction comes just days after he posted a lengthy statement on Twitter with the hashtag #ChangeIsGolden to stress the HFPA’s shortfalls after Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos spoke out about cutting ties with the organization.
“It’s discouraging to see the HFPA, which has gained prominence and profited handsomely from their involvement with filmmakers and actors, resist the change that is being asked of them from many of the groups that have been most disenfranchised by their culture of secrecy and exclusion,” the statement read in part.
Ruffalo added that as a “recent winner” of a Golden Globe, he “cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient.”
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