Golden Globes controversy: What is HFPA and why did NBC cancel the show?


The Golden Globes are one of Hollywood’s biggest nights, going on since 1944.

NBC announced Monday, May 10, 2021 that they will not air the 2022 Golden Globe Awards.

Golden Globe Statue of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the 2009 Awards

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Golden Globe Statue of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the 2009 AwardsCredit: lbl

What is HFPA?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association was founded in 1943 and hosts the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony held each year.

The nonprofit is made up of many journalists and photographers who report on the entertainment industry and the interests of the United States mostly for media outlets outside the US.

The HFPA includes about 90 members from 55 countries.

HFPA has been under fire for months on allegations of diversity and moral failures in its membership.

Did NBC cancel the Golden Globes?

NBC decided to stream the awards ceremony due to lack of diversity from HFPA.

In a statement, NBC wrote: “We believe HFPA is committed to meaningful improvement.

“However, we strongly feel that this amount of change takes time and work, and that HFPA needs time to do it properly.

“Likewise, NBC will not air the Golden Globes of 2022.”

The decision comes after the LA Times published the story in February 2021, citing a shortage of black writers among 87 Los Angeles-based journalists working for foreign media.

The Golden Globes will not be televised on Sunday, January 9, 2022, nor will there be an audience or a red carpet event.

Instead of streaming, the 2022 Golden Globes winners will be announced via the awards ceremony’s website and social media profiles.

HFPA is hosting the event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

When NBC announced the reason behind pulling the program from television, HFPA said the measure was being taken in an effort to prevent the spread of the Kovid-19.

“Health and safety remains a top priority for HFPA,” he said in a statement.

“On January 9, there is no audience and the following precautions are being taken for select members and donors in the room: vaccination proof and booster shot, plus 48 hours of negative PCR testing required for admission; . “

The 2022 Golden Globe Awards will not be televised

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The 2022 Golden Globe Awards will not be televisedCredit: Getty

How did celebrities react to the news?

“Over the past eight months, HFPA has thoroughly reviewed their bylaws, implemented extensive changes from top to bottom, that address policies and codes of conduct, diversity, equity and inclusion, governance, membership and more,” HFPA continued in its statement.

“Recently, the HFPA has accepted their largest and most diverse class of 21 new members to date, all of them first-time Golden Globe voters.”

Many Hollywood celebrities have made statements supporting NBC’s decision and commenting on the atmosphere that HFPA has created over the years with a lack of diversity.

Marvel’s Avengers actress Scarlett Johansson made the statement: “As an actor, you are expected to attend the awards season by promoting the film, attending press conferences and award shows.

“In the past, this meant facing the sexual questions and criticism of some HFPA members on the border of sexual harassment.”

He continued: “This is the exact reason why I have refused to attend their conferences for many years.”

“If there is no fundamental improvement required within the organization, I believe it is time we move away from HFPA and focus on the importance and strength of unity in our unions and the industry as a whole.”

Amy Poehler, co-host of the 2021 Awards, said: “A lot of shiny garbage has been nominated. But it happens. That’s their thing. A lot of black actors and black-led projects have been ignored.”

Even Avengers star Mark Ruffalo said in a statement: “As a recent Golden Globe winner, I can’t be more proud or happy to receive this award. It’s disappointing.”

Actor Tom Cruise has shown his support against the Remote by returning his awards to the agency.



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