Golden Globes to continue without NBC
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) will continue on with the Golden Globe awards this year, despite being dropped by NBC, Variety reports.
“The HFPA plans to recognize the performances of 2021 to celebrate the great work of the industry this past year at the 79th Annual Golden Globes,” the association reportedly wrote in a statement it sent to various studios on Friday.
No further information was provided regarding how the annual film and television awards show would be carried out without its typical broadcast element.
The 2021 Golden Globes will be the first since NBC nixed the event from its programming in May over diversity concerns. Among the issues was that the HFPA board lacked racial representation.
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” NBCUniversal said in a statement to ITK following the announcement.
“However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right,” the statement continued. “As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes.”
Actor Tom Cruise reportedly returned his three Golden Globe awards after the awards show got the boot.
Since May, the HFPA has accepted 21 additional members to help increase representation, and this week the association announced a new partnership with the NAACP. The “Reimagine Coalition,” a five-year plan, aims to promote diversity in the entertainment industry.