US tv community NBC has introduced it might drop its broadcast of the Golden Globes ceremony in 2022 after a Hollywood backlash over the ethics of the group that palms out the annual awards for movie and tv and its lack of variety.
Actor Tom Cruise joined a revolt led by streaming platforms and studios, returning the three Golden Globes he gained for his roles in Jerry Maguire, Magnolia and Born on the Fourth of July, trade media retailers Variety and Deadline Hollywood reported.
NBC’s announcement of its resolution on Monday got here even after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which hands out the awards, agreed to recruit extra Black members and make different adjustments over the subsequent 18 months. The community had initially welcomed the plan however later mentioned it might wait to see if the reforms labored.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been underneath fireplace for months following widespread allegations of racism, sexism, bullying and corruption amongst its ranks.
HFPA members have additionally been accused of soliciting favours from celebrities and studios.
“Change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we really feel strongly that the HFPA wants time to do it proper. As such, NBC is not going to air the 2022 Golden Globes,” NBC mentioned in a press release.
“Assuming the group executes on its plan, we’re hopeful we can be ready to air the present in January 2023,” the community added.
After NBC’s announcement, the HFPA mentioned implementing “transformational change” remained an pressing precedence “whatever the subsequent air date of the Golden Globes”.
In a press release, the HFPA reiterated its deliberate reforms and gave an in depth timetable.
It mentioned that by August 2021, it might rent a brand new chief government, add 20 new members, approve a brand new code of conduct and supply variety and sexual harassment coaching amongst different steps.
Last week, the group accredited a raft of reforms to develop into “extra inclusive and numerous” by an “overwhelming” margin, hoping to attract a line underneath months of adverse publicity.
But critics, together with stars Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, mentioned the adjustments didn’t go far sufficient and failed to deal with a number of the trade’s most elementary grievances.
Potentially deadly blow
The annual Golden Globes ceremony, attended by A-list stars and trade executives, has develop into one of many greatest Hollywood awards reveals within the run-up to the Oscars.
But it has been underneath shut scrutiny following an investigation printed in February by the Los Angeles Times newspaper that confirmed the group of 87 journalists, which incorporates bona fide reporters at massive worldwide publications in addition to semi-retired and obscure people who hardly ever work for any mainstream media, had no Black members.
NBC’s cancellation is a doubtlessly deadly blow to the awards and the organisation itself, which depends closely on the Globes’ tv rights for its funding, and comes days after Netflix and Amazon Studios mentioned they’d not work with the HFPA till extra “significant” and “important” adjustments had been made.
Johansson, star of Lost in Translation and the Marvel superhero franchise, mentioned over the weekend she had “refused to take part” in HFPA press conferences for years because of “sexist questions and remarks” that “bordered on sexual harassment”.
Ruffalo not too long ago mentioned he “can not really feel proud or completely happy” about successful a current Golden Globe from a bunch with a “tradition of secrecy and exclusion” that continues to “resist the change that’s being requested from them”.
The National Association of Black Journalists, a bunch of greater than 100 Hollywood publicists, a number of film trade unions, Time’s Up, and the LGBTQ charity GLAAD have additionally condemned the group.
WarnerMedia, which incorporates cable channel HBO and film studio Warner Bros, mentioned in a letter to the HFPA that it was involved about “racially insensitive, sexist and homophobic questions” at press conferences and occasions through the Golden Globe nominations and awards course of.
“For far too lengthy, calls for for perks, particular favors and unprofessional requests have been made to our groups and to others throughout the trade,” the WarnerMedia letter mentioned.