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Golden Globes plans to move forward ‘with or without’ NBC after network dropped 2022 ceremony


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has confirmed their plans to hold the 79th annual Golden Globe Awards, ‘with or without a telecast partner.’

The news comes five months after NBC announced it would not air the ceremony, hosted by HFPA, which was exposed for having no Black members among its voting committee of 87 international journalists. 

HFPA wants to ‘recognize the performances of 2021’ and ‘celebrate the great work of the industry this past year,’ according to Variety

Airing in January: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has confirmed their plans to hold the 79th annual Golden Globe Awards, ‘with or without a telecast partner’

The award show is scheduled for the same date as the Critics Choice Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 9, 2022. 

In August, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that new bylaws were passed by members to become more inclusive after sparking outrage over alleged unethical behavior and a lack of diversity. 

Over the summer, HFPA vowed to boost membership by 50 percent in the next 18 months, and promised to include people of color. They also pledged to hire diversity consultants.  

Raising eyebrows: The news comes five months after NBC announced it would not air the ceremony, hosted by HFPA, which was exposed for having no Black members among its voting committee of 87 international journalists; cast of Big Little Lies seen in 2018 at the show

Raising eyebrows: The news comes five months after NBC announced it would not air the ceremony, hosted by HFPA, which was exposed for having no Black members among its voting committee of 87 international journalists; cast of Big Little Lies seen in 2018 at the show

A Los Angeles Times investigation published in February became a catalyst for the backlash against the HFPA, after it accused the organization of racism, sexism, bullying and corruption.

The LA Times said it interviewed more than 50 people – including studio publicists, entertainment executives and seven current and former members – and dug into court filings as well as internal financial documents and communications.

The paper said its investigation ‘paints a picture of an embattled organization still struggling to shake its reputation as a group whose awards or nominations can be influenced with expensive junkets and publicity swag.’

The investigation also found that the nonprofit HFPA regularly hands out ‘substantial payments’ to its members.

And when it was revealed that there was not a single Black person among the 87 members, the backlash was swift.

NBC declared that they will not air the Golden Globes next year, saying they ‘feel strongly that the HFPA needs time’ to reform.

Trying to do better: HFPA wants to 'recognize the performances of 2021' and 'celebrate the great work of the industry this past year,' according to Variety

Trying to do better: HFPA wants to ‘recognize the performances of 2021’ and ‘celebrate the great work of the industry this past year,’ according to Variety 

Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson accused the HFPA of tolerating sexism and urged others in the film industry to boycott the organization unless significant internal changes were made.

‘As an actor promoting a film, one is expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows,’ Johansson stated.

‘In the past, this has often meant facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment. It is the exact reason why I, for many years, refused to participate in their conferences.’

Coming soon: The award show is scheduled for the same date as the Critics Choice Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 9, 2022

Coming soon: The award show is scheduled for the same date as the Critics Choice Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 9, 2022

Additionally, Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globe Awards, while Golden Globe winner Mark Ruffalo also lashed out at the HFPA.

‘It’s discouraging to see the HFPA, which has gained prominence and profited handsomely from their involvement with filmmakers and actors, resist the change that is being asked of them from many of the groups that have been most disenfranchised by their culture of secrecy and exclusion,’ Ruffalo said in a statement to Deadline.

‘Now is the time to step up and right the wrongs of the past. Honestly, as a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award’.

Speaking out: Scarlett Johansson accused the HFPA of tolerating sexism and urged others in the film industry to boycott the organization unless significant internal changes were made; seen last year

Speaking out: Scarlett Johansson accused the HFPA of tolerating sexism and urged others in the film industry to boycott the organization unless significant internal changes were made; seen last year  

No thanks: Cruise returned his three Golden Globe awards back to the HFPA amid the outcry against the the organization; seen in 201

Cruise returned his three Golden Globe awards back to the HFPA amid the outcry against the the organization; seen in 2018

Meanwhile, in April, the HFPA expelled Philip Berk, a 44-year member and an eight-term past president, after he emailed an article to his fellow members that described Black Lives Matter as a ‘racist hate movement.’

The organization has promised to ‘do better’ and pledged a raft of reforms.

The night Berk was given the boot, the HFPA issued this statement to the Hollywood Reporter:

‘Since its inception, the HFPA has dedicated itself to bridging cultural connections and creating further understanding of different backgrounds through film and TV. The views expressed in the article circulated by Mr. Berk are those of the author of the article and do not — in any way shape or form – reflect the views and values of the HFPA. The HFPA condemns all forms of racism, discrimination and hate speech and finds such language and content unacceptable.’

Golden Globes’ ex-president is FIRED from HFPA board after sending members article that compared BLM movement to Charles Manson 

The organization behind the Golden Globes has fired one of its former presidents from its board over an email that compared Black Lives Matter to mass murderer Charles Manson, as two experts brought on to drive ‘transformational change’ in the embattled entity have quit amid the scandal.  

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) said in an email Tuesday that Phil Berk, an 88-year-old member who served eight terms as HFPA president, was no longer a member after more than four decades with the organization.

The decision comes just hours after NBC – which telecasts and pays for the Globes – condemned Berk’s actions and called for his ‘immediate expulsion.’  

Berk came under fire after he shared an article from FrontPage Mag with the association’s members, staff, general counsel and chief operating officer Sunday that accused BLM of ‘carrying on’ Manson’s mission to ‘start a race war’. 

The HFPA issued a statement saying it ‘condemns all forms of racism, discrimination and hate speech’ and slamming Berk’s email as ‘unacceptable’ before later announcing his ousting from the board Tuesday. 

The organization behind the Golden Globes has fired one of its former presidents from its board over an email that compared Black Lives Matter to mass murderer Charles Manson, as two experts brought on to drive 'transformational change' in the embattled entity have quit amid the scandal. Phil Berk on stage at the 68th Annual Golden Globes in 2011

The organization behind the Golden Globes has fired one of its former presidents from its board over an email that compared Black Lives Matter to mass murderer Charles Manson, as two experts brought on to drive ‘transformational change’ in the embattled entity have quit amid the scandal. Phil Berk on stage at the 68th Annual Golden Globes in 2011 

But the HFPA was rocked by further turmoil Tuesday as its newly appointed experts in diversity and inclusion and crisis management both resigned from their roles in the wake of the scandal citing the organization’s ‘systemic challenges’. 

The saga marks just the latest controversy for the HFPA after it recently came under fire for not having a black member in more than 20 years.    

‘Effective immediately, Phil Berk is no longer a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,’ the HFPA said in a statement Tuesday. 

NBC had called for the entity to take ‘swift action’ to reprimand Berk over the email. 

‘NBC strongly condemns Phil Berk’s actions and is calling for his immediate expulsion,’ NBC said in a statement.

‘While we continue to await the details of HFPA’s upcoming plan for reform, swift action on this front is an essential element for NBC to move forward with the HFPA and the Golden Globes.’

The show’s producer, Dick Clark Productions, also demanded his removal in a private letter sent to the HFPA Monday night.

The Hollywood Reporter then revealed Tuesday night that Shaun Harper, who was hired as a diversity strategist advisor just last month, and crisis ‘fixer’ Judy Smith had  both walked away from the HFPA Tuesday. 

Harper said in a resignation letter seen by the outlet that he was initially optimistic when he joined the organization, but felt compelled to step down after learning about the group’s ‘deep systemic and reputational challenges.’  

He said he ‘no longer has confidence’ he could bring about ‘transformational change’ in the embattled organization and his ‘unwavering commitment to the racial and gender equity issues’ meant he could no longer work with the organization.

‘Having now learned more about the Association’s deep systemic and reputational challenges, I no longer have confidence in our ability to collaboratively deliver the transformational change that the industry and people in it whom I deeply respect are demanding of you,’ said Harper, who is a professor of racial, gender and LGBTQ issues at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. 

‘My serious, unwavering commitment to the racial and gender equity issues on which I work every day make it impossible for me to continue serving in a consulting capacity with the HFPA,’ he continued.

His decision to quit came after he met with representatives of Time’s Up, including Ava DuVernay and Shonda Rhimes, and the PR firms who last month warned the HFPA of a boycott if it doesn’t tackle its diversity challenges. 

Harper was reportedly criticized in the meeting that his aims so far do not go far enough.  



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