Golden Globes: NBC to not air the award show next year; Tom Cruise returns his 3 trophies amid backlash against HFPA's sexism and racism

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Amid growing pressure and outrage on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association from studios, stars and large swaths of the film industry, NBC announced on Monday that will not air the Golden Globes in 2022. "Change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes," NBC said in a statement. "Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023," NBC added.

Tom Cruise joined the revolt led by streaming platforms and studios by returning the three Golden Globe statuettes he won for his roles in Jerry Maguire, Magnolia and Born on the Fourth of July.

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NBC's and Tom's decisions come after an investigative report in February by The Los Angeles Times on Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) that recounted the organization’s questionable record on diversity — including, presently, no Black members among its roughly 90 voting members. The press association has pledged to thoroughly reform, and last week approved a plan to, among other things, diversity its membership. But that hasn’t stopped several studios from threatening to pull out of the Globes, including NBC. HFPA members have also been accused of making sexist and racist remarks and soliciting favours from celebrities and studios.

HFPA, which hands out the awards, has now agreed to recruit 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.

(Source: Twitter) 

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