Los Angeles (dpa) – More diversity and transparency: the association responsible for awarding the Golden Globe trophies has spoken out in favor of reforms in its own ranks.
As the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced Thursday, the majority of the 85 members have agreed to new statutes. “Three months ago, we promised to make changes,” HFPA chairman Ali Sar said in a statement. With this vote, the organization has now taken an important step towards innovation.
According to this, the small association wants to hire at least 20 new members this year, mostly African-American, and double the number of members within 18 months. There should also be new guidelines for foreign journalists, for example regarding invitations to film events. Acceptance of promotional gifts is prohibited in the future. Members are required to take diversity and inclusion courses. A new board is due to be elected this month.
A small group decides
The Golden Globes were awarded on February 28. Traditionally, a small group of foreign journalists who have worked in Hollywood for a long time decide on HFPA awards in 25 film and television categories.
As the Globe Awards approached, strong criticism was voiced, for example due to a lack of diversity and non-transparent membership criteria. According to a Los Angeles Times report, the association has no black journalists.
Several stars and prominent Hollywood PR firms criticized the reforms announced at the Golden Globes in May as not going far enough. Three-time Globe winner Tom Cruise returned his trophies to the organization. Netflix and Amazon then announced that they would continue to suspend their cooperation with the association.
The association must invest time and effort
US broadcaster NBC, which has been showing the gala since 1996, has also taken action. The show is slated to be canceled there in 2022. The Globe Association needs to invest time and work to implement major reforms, she said in a May statement from NBC. The broadcaster hopes to rerun the gala in January 2023 after changes were made. NBC now considers the reforms adopted Thursday as a “positive step” and as a sign that the association is aiming for “significant changes”.
The Golden Globes, awarded at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills for decades, are awarded to film and television. They are considered the second most important accolades in the American entertainment industry after the Oscars (film) and the Emmys (TV).