Tom Cruise returns his Golden Globe Awards in defiance of the HFPA

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Published by Diya Khetrapal on 11 May 2021

A source close to Tom Cruise told CNN on Monday that the actor has returned his Golden Globe Awards to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Cruise had won Best Actor Globes for “Jerry Maguire” in 1997 and “Born on the Fourth of July” in 1990, as well as Best Supporting Actor for “Magnolia” in 2000.

The step comes amid mounting criticism of the HFPA, the agency behind the Globes, for its lack of diversity, especially the lack of Black members, as well as ethical concerns raised by a February report by the Los Angeles Times about financial incentives to some of its 87 members. The show will not be shown in 2022, according to NBC. “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. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes.”

Scarlett Johansson released a statement prior to the network’s announcement, urging the entertainment industry to refrain from engaging in HFPA-sponsored activities.

“As an actor promoting a film, one is expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows,” she said. “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. 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.”

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