NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globe Awards.
The network, which has long broadcasted the annual ceremony, announced the news in a statement today as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes’ voting body, continues to be enveloped in controversy concerning its lack of diversity and questionable financial practices, Variety reports. It’s currently unclear whether another network will step in to air next year’s event.
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” NBC said in a statement. “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.”
The HFPA came under fire earlier this year when a Los Angeles Times report revealed that none of its 87 members are Black, a glaring statistic given repeated calls to recognize more diverse artists and films across award shows. The group announced a plan to add more members of color and implement restrictions on gifting, which was approved on Thursday. However, NBC was “concerned” that there was no explicit timeline to enact these changes and no movement for the association to “rethink its membership goals,” Variety reports.
Individual actors have also spoken out against the HFPA, including Tom Cruise, who returned the three Golden Globe awards he earned for Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, and Magnolia, according to Variety. Scarlett Johanssen and Mark Ruffalo also urged their fellow actors to “step back” from the HFPA, while Netflix, Amazon, and WarnerMedia (which owns HBO) also called boycotted the association until substantial change has been made.
When the Times’ report was published in February, the campaign Time’s Up and stars like Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, Olivia Wilde, and Sterling K. Brown called out the HFPA’s lack of Black members. At the 2021 Golden Globes ceremony days later, members of the association delivered a wanting response to the uproar, with president Meher Tatna saying, “Tonight, while we celebrate work of artists from around the globe, we recognize we have our own work to do. Just like in film and television, Black representation is vital. We must have Black journalists in our organization.”
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