Ever since the Los Angeles Times ran a shocking exposé about bribery, lack of diversity, and other issues plaguing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in February of 2021, the organization has suffered plenty of scrutiny. Beyond shady financial dealings involving large payments going to its members, the HFPA — in the aftermath of a particularly controversial group of nominees where beloved shows like “I May Destroy You,” which is focused on and created by a Black woman, were overlooked for fluffier fare like “Emily in Paris” — was accused of taking what essentially amounted to bribes, as well as skipping press junkets for diverse shows like “Bridgerton” and Black-led films like “Queen and Slim.” To make matters worse, it was revealed that out of its 87 members, the HFPA includes exactly zero black journalists.
The organization recently vowed to correct these errors, but for many actors who have attended several Golden Globes ceremonies, the damage is done. Scarlett Johansson recently spoke out against the HFPA, saying she stopped attending the junkets a long time ago: “As an actor promoting a film, one is expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows. 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.” In an incredibly direct move, Tom Cruise actually returned his statues to the HFPA.
Despite the HFPA’s promises to change, 2022 will be Globeless — and, with everything in mind, it certainly seems like this decision is a good one.