Story at a glance

  • A Los Angeles Times investigation revealed a lack of diversity and allegations of impropriety within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
  • Several major studios, as well as actors, have publicly criticized and distanced themselves from the HFPA, which hosts the Golden Globes.
  • Actor Tom Cruise returned three Golden Globe awards in protest.

Thanks, but no thanks, said Tom Cruise to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — returning three Golden Globes to the organization now under scrutiny for alleged ethical violations. 

The actor — who previously won two Best Actor awards at the Golden Globes for "Jerry Maguire" and "Born on the Fourth of July," as well as a Best Supporting Actor award for "Magnolia” — sent the awards back to Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) headquarters, Deadline reported, citing unnamed sources. The gesture is the latest in a series of consequences the influential organization is reaping for a lack of diversity, impropriety and ethical violations that prompted an outcry from celebrities and studios. 


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On Monday, NBC announced that it will not be broadcasting the Golden Globe awards next year in protest of the lack of diversity within the leadership behind the awards, joining Netflix and Amazon Studios in severing relations with the HFPA. Cruise joins Scarlett Johansson and others in adding insult to injury, publicly calling out the organization. 

The organization’s members have voted in favor of sweeping reforms, including an overhaul of leadership and membership numbers, in an attempt to rescue the influential organization's reputation and business. 


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Published on May 11, 2021