Broadcaster NBC has said it will not broadcast the Golden Globes in 2022, amid mounting pressure on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association from studios, stars and large sections of the film industry.
The decision calls into question the viability of one of Hollywood’s oldest and most watched awards shows.
Criticism of the HFPA, which dons the Globes and has been denounced for lack of diversity and ethical improprieties, reached such a point on Monday that Tom Cruise returned his three Globes to the press association headquarters, according to a source.
In a statement, NBC said it believes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which faces potential boycotts over the listing of its Netflix members, Warner Bros. and many Hollywood actors, is committed to reform. But change can’t come fast enough for next year’s Globes.
“However, a change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we strongly believe that the HFPA needs time to get it right,” the network said.
“As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes its plan, we are hopeful that we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, long mocked even by its own broadcast hosts, has come under fire following a February investigative report by The Los Angeles Times that recounted the organization’s questionable record on the matter. diversity, which currently includes no blacks among its approximately 90 voting members.
The press association has pledged to overhaul and last week approved a plan to, among other things, diversify its membership. But that hasn’t stopped several studios from threatening to pull out of the Globes.
Last week, Netflix and Amazon Studios said they would cut ties with the HFPA if it doesn’t quickly enact more drastic changes.
Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos wrote in a letter to the group: “We do not believe that these proposed new policies, particularly around the size and speed of membership growth, address the HFPA’s systemic diversity and inclusion challenges. , or the lack of clear standards on how its members should operate. “
In a letter sent Sunday and shared with reporters Monday, WarnerMedia said it would stop holding screenings and other events for the HFPA until it makes more substantial changes.
“For too long, demands for benefits, special favors and unprofessional requests have been made of our teams and others in the industry,” WarnerMedia executives said in a letter. “We are sorry that as an industry we have complained, but we have largely tolerated this behavior so far.”
The protest against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has gathered steam in the last six weeks, as a film industry where racial and gender inequality was not controlled for a long time has become intolerant of the forms of the group, composed in its mostly by little-known journalists who profit considerably from the annual broadcast.
Hollywood has increasingly abandoned the HFPA. A group of 100 entertainment advertising companies have said they will urge their clients to skip the HFPA functions. Mark Ruffalo, this year’s winner, recently said that he “can no longer be proud or happy to have received this award.” Scarlett Johansson said the HFPA press conferences for her “meant facing sexist questions and comments from certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not address the 2022 broadcast in response to NBC’s decision, but the group’s board members laid out their reform program, ultimately leading to a renewed membership and board in early August. , as well as many other policy changes. .
“Regardless of the upcoming Golden Globes air date, implementing transformational changes as quickly and as carefully as possible remains the top priority for our organization,” the group said in a statement. “We invite our industry partners to the table to work with us on systemic reform that is long overdue, both in our organization and in the industry at large.”
Last week, the press association ratified plans to add at least 20 new members this year “with a specific focus on recruiting black members” and with the goal of increasing membership by 50 percent over the next 18 months.
For some, that timeline wasn’t aggressive enough. In the coming months, several potential films competing for awards will be released at film festivals and elsewhere. Tina Tchen, president and CEO of Time’s Up, called the HFPA promises “front clichés.”
“These measures ensure that the current HFPA membership will remain in the majority and that the next Golden Globes will be decided with the same fundamental issues that have existed for years,” Tchen said.
The Globes, produced by Dick Clark Productions, have seen ratings declines in recent years, but are still among the most-watched awards shows, usually third after the Oscars and Grammys. The 78th edition of the Golden Globes, held on February 28, drew 6.9 million viewers, a 63 percent drop from the 2020 broadcast, viewed by 18.4 million.