*Editor’s Note: This news hopefully is the kick in the pants that the HFPA needs to push forward with meaningful change and reforms in a quick manner. While the group will probably still hand out Golden Globe prizes, either off-air or in some other form, if all goes well, they could potentially return to NBC in 2023. If that happens, we’ll know that things are getting better.*
Adding yet another blow to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, after Netflix, Amazon Studios and WarnerMedia withdrew their participation on future HFPA-related activities, out comes NBC Entertainment who announced that they will not air the telecast of the planned 79th Golden Globes in 2022, stating that the association’s proposed diversity reforms do not go far enough, after previously endorsing the proposed plan from the HFPA:
“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. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
After being criticized for a lack of diversity in its memberships, the HFPA announced a series of planned reforms, which were criticized by Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen as “window-dressing platitudes” that do not deliver “neither the transformation that was promised nor what our creative community delivers.”
In other/related news, three-time Golden Globe winner Tom Cruise announced today that he has delivered back the trophies he won for Jerry Maguire, Born on the Fourth of July and Magnolia, in protest, which adds to the voices of celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo who have publicly slammed the HFPA’s lack of legitimate diversity reforms and have called on boycotting the awards until substantial changes were made.
This could very well be the end of the Golden Globe Awards, with NBC severing ties with the HFPA. Even if their statement reads that they are hopeful to air the 80th awards in January 2023, endless controversies from the HFPA have put the organization, and NBC, in a rather precarious position. Only time will tell, however, if the HFPA will make drastic reforms in its organization for their awards ceremony to survive.