Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tom Cruise Returns Golden Globes Awards In Protest Of HFPA

 In what is yet the most high-profile condemnation of the lack of diversity among the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, actor Tom cruise has returned the three Golden Globes awards he has won over the years.


The trophies sent to HFPA, the organization behind the Globes, are the Best Actor prize he won for “Jerry Maguire”, the Best Actor prize he won for “Born on the Fourth of July”, and the Best Supporting Actor prize he won for “Magnolia”.

This comes amid controversy trailing the organization for its lack of diversity, specifically no Black members, and ethical questions related to financial benefits to some of its 87 members brought to light in a February investigation by the Los Angeles Times.

It is the latest in line of a growing list of repudiation against HFPA. Scarlett Johansson issued a statement calling for the entertainment community to take a step back from participating in events sponsored by the HFPA.

“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 a statement to Variety and confirmed by CNN. 

Warner Bros also piled on earlier Monday with a letter to HFPA president Ali Sar saying the organization’s plan does not go “far enough.” Warner will not provide stars to speak at HFPA-only press conferences or extend invitations for the group’s members to attend exclusive industry events until urgent and meaningful change is guaranteed.

Variety reported that on Friday, a group of more than 100 publicists expressed their concerns about the HFPA’s overhaul, writing that they “will continue to refrain from any HFPA sanctioned events, including press conferences, unless and until these issues are illuminated in detail with a firm commitment to a timeline that respects the looming 2022 season reality.”

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