Every February or March all of Hollywood comes together before the Golden Globes ceremony. But even in 2021, the Oscar candidate is the focus of sharp criticism. The lack of diversity is highlighted by many industry players, including Tom Cruise. The American did not hesitate to make a strong gesture to protest this injustice.
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After Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, it is Tom Cruise’s turn to take the lead to denounce the lack of diversity at the Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), also known as the annual organizer of the ceremony, has been heavily criticized for its efforts to promote diversity and transparency. In protest and support from his colleagues, Tom Cruise would have returned his statuettes, which he received in 1990 for his best actor coronation for Born on July 4, 1997 for his award for best actor in a musical film or comedy for Jerry Maguire and in 2000 when he became Best Supporting Actor for Magnolia.
A gesture that was highly praised by both her colleagues and internet users such as director Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere, Selma, In her eyes). As a preamble to Tom Cruise’s decision, this weekend actress Scarlett Johansson strongly condemned the toxic climate fueled by HFPA. She stated that she categorically refused to attend press conferences organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on “sexist issues and remarks” that “bordered on sexual harassment”.
Statements backed by the position of Mark Ruffalo, his accomplice at the MCU, who said he couldn’t be proud of the Golden Globe received this year for his role on I Know This Much Is True. He believes the organization has “a culture of secrecy and exclusion”. Critics following a series of reforms implemented by the HFPA to improve its representativeness. However, the efforts of this small group of around 90 journalists, who then act as judges for the ceremony, were viewed as inadequate.
The HFPA was targeted by Defenders of a Fairer World at the 78th ceremony earlier this year, which featured excellent productions by African-Americans or where actors and African-American actresses were cursed for the benefit of secondary works like Emily in Paris or Music. Best of all, the HFPA has no black members. The association, which is charged with discrimination, sexism and corruption, intends to increase its membership by 50% over the next 18 months in order to recruit black journalists, among other things.
Insufficient effort that the mean giants cheerfully denounce. Netflix and Amazon Studios have already announced that they will no longer work with the HFPA when Warner Bros. estimated that the reform “didn’t go far enough”. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has a long way to go in convincing anyone. Rapid changes must be made quickly if the HFPA is to restore its image. Until then, the boycott will continue. NBC, the official broadcaster of the Golden Globes, has already announced that it will not transcribe the next ceremony.