NBC drops 2022 Globes after backlash

The Golden Globes has been under close scrutiny following revelations the HFPA has no black members.
The Golden Globes has been under close scrutiny following revelations the HFPA has no black members.

US television network NBC has dropped its broadcast of the Golden Globes ceremony in 2022 after a Hollywood backlash over the ethics of the group that hands out the annual awards for film and television and its lack of diversity.

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

NBC's decision came even after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which hands out the awards, agreed to recruit more black members and make other changes in the next 18 months.

The network had initially welcomed the plan but later said it would wait to see if the reforms worked.

HFPA members have also been accused of making sexist and racist remarks and soliciting favours from celebrities and studios.

"Assuming the organisation executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023," NBC said.

The HFPA did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The annual Golden Globes ceremony, one of the biggest Hollywood awards shows in the run-up to the Oscars, has been under close scrutiny following an investigation published in February by the Los Angeles Times that showed the group of 87 journalists had no black members.

On Saturday, Scarlett Johansson joined critics including Netflix, Amazon Studios, WarnerMedia and dozens of Hollywood's top publicity companies, who said they would no longer work with the HFPA unless it made far-reaching changes.

WarnerMedia, which includes cable channel HBO and movie studio Warner Bros, said in letter to the HFPA that it was concerned about "racially insensitive, sexist and homophobic questions" at news conferences and events during the Golden Globe nominations and awards process.

Johansson urged her fellow actors to "take a step back from the HFPA" and Golden Globe events.

Australian Associated Press