The backlash thrown against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) continues to escalate. A source close to Tom Cruise told CNN on Monday that the actor has returned all three of his Golden Globe Awards trophies to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The move came amid the diversity issues hurled at the HFPA, the organization behind the Golden Globes.
Cruise, 58, had previously won three awards for Best Actor in the movies – Born on the Fourth of July awarded in 1990, Jerry Maguire in 1997, and Best Supporting Actor in the movie Magnolia in 2000.
HFPA is an elite group of 87 international journalists that determine the nominees and winners of the Golden Globe Awards. The negative feedback against the organization started in February after a report by the Los Angeles Times highlighted the organization’s lack of diversity in its membership, the absence of black members to be specific, and ethical questions related to financial benefits to some of its 87 members.
Adding to the heat of the protest, NBC announced on Monday that it would not broadcast the show in 2022. Before NBC’s announcement, several actors, like Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson, also called for Hollywood to refrain from participating in events sponsored by 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,” said NBC in a statement to CNN Business.
On its website, the HFPA released a statement pledging to implement a change:
“Regardless of the next air date of the Golden Globes, implementing transformational changes as quickly — and as thoughtfully — as possible remains the top priority for our organization. We invite our partners in the industry to the table to work with us on the systemic reform that is long overdue, both in our organization as well as within the industry at large.”