The Popular network NBC has canceled the 2022 Golden Globe Awards due to boycotts by Hollywood studios against the HFPA.
The bold and shocking move is one that comes as a surprise for many, giving its longevity of the program. But for years the Globes have been in question about their lack of diversity in the voting arena. The announcement from NBC comes in the wake of multiple boycotts about the show’s lack of transparency in the HFPA’s awarding system, alleged financial impropriety and a lack of diversity in its membership.
These allegations, have reportedly made several major media outlets, such as Netflix and WarnerMedia not participate in any Academy Award related events until the issues had been addressed and settled.
NBC said in a statement: We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right.”
The LA Times reported that the group has no Black members, and there were questions raised regarding about members receiving benefits from the millions that NBC pays for the right for to televise the show.
Although an important event that happens once a year, ratings were very low for the award show since 2020, mainly due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This year the show, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, was watched only by 6.9 million, the lowest rating since the1990s.
The HFPA also brought on criticism by promising to have more Black journalists, increasing its numbers from 87 members to 100. But that solution didn’t go far as Former HFPA president Philip Berk was ejected from the organization after forwarding an email that compared Black Lives Matter as a “hate group.”
NBC added that if the organization “executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”