Tom Cruise returns trophies after Golden Globe racism scandal.
He is the first actor to speak out on the case.
Faced with the racism scandal involving the Golden Globe, he decided to return his three trophies won over the years. According to the Deadline website, he sent to the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) the Best Actor awards won by “Jerry Maguire: The Big Turn” (1996) and “Born on the 4th of July” (1989), as well as the award for best supporting actor by Magnólia (1999)
The scandal began in February, when a story in the Los Angeles Times revealed that HFPA had no black voting members, and that many of the organization’s journalists were given “pampering” by studios – an unethical way of trying to influence votes at the awards.
Several documents were discovered showing bribes and the like to members.
Since then, the organization of the Golden Globe (whose edition of 2021 happened normally) has proposed some actions to make its constituency more diverse.
The NBC Network has canceled the broadcast of the event, but is willing to broadcast the next edition if HFPA puts the announced measures into practice.
Platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime complained about the association’s slowness to include more diversity in its staff.
Activist organizations like Time’s Up have also criticized the measures and defined them as insufficient.