Too opaque, unrepresentative: in Hollywood, the Golden Globes are trying to reform

Will that be enough to allay the anger that is roaring in Hollywood? The organization which awards the prestigious Golden Globes, strongly criticized for the lack of diversity among its members, adopted, Thursday, May 6, a series of reforms to improve its representativeness and try to calm the controversy.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA, in English) is a group of about 90 journalists who make up the jury for the Golden Globes, which are among the most coveted awards in the United States after the Oscars. The organization has been at the heart of the turmoil since media revealed last February that it has no black members within it.

In the process, a group of around 100 entertainment industry publicists formally wrote to the HFPA, urging them to end “His discriminatory behavior, his lack of professionalism, his ethical breaches and accusations of financial corruption”, criticisms already formulated by the Time’s Up movement.

A more numerous, more diverse jury

On Thursday, the association’s members overwhelmingly approved a series of measures to remedy the situation, including a 50% increase in their membership over the next eighteen months, including the recruitment of black journalists, as well. than reform of the opaque and restrictive system governing admissions.

“The very majority vote to reform the Association today reaffirms our determination to change”HFPA President Ali Sar said in a statement. “Because we understand the urgency and the challenge of transparency, we will continually update our members as we move forward to make our organization more inclusive and diverse. We understand that the hard work begins now. We remain committed to becoming a better organization and an example of diversity, transparency and accountability ”, says Sar.

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A member of the HFPA, who asked to remain anonymous, told Agence France-Presse that only “A very small number said no or abstained, the majority said yes” to these reforms. “I am so relieved. We have to change, we have to improve if we are to survive ”, he added.

An institution in decline

Always prestigious, but in decline in recent years, the Golden Globes had raised questions about their future, following boycott threats relating to recent controversies. Former president Philip Berk was struck off over the past month for circulating an email calling Black Lives Matter a “Movement of hatred”. In addition, two consultants hired by the HFPA to resolve its gaps in diversity have resigned, failing to see the situation evolve.

Most of the HFPA members are correspondents working regularly for well-known and respected media in their country, such as the Figaro Where El Pais. But the reputation of this very unusual jury has suffered in the past from the presence of a handful of more surprising personalities, with journalistic activity as episodic as it is confidential (a former Russian bodybuilder who played in B films; the widow of an actor writing for Tahitian media, etc.).

Above all, the organization has been repeatedly criticized for the little attention given to black or minority artists, often snubbed in the Golden Globes.

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Too opaque, unrepresentative: in Hollywood, the Golden Globes are trying to reform

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