The jury consisting of foreign journalists in Hollywood is to be increased this year from the current 87 to at least 100 members, of which “at least 13 percent are black journalists,” reported the journal “The Hollywood Reporter” on Monday. The HFPA management unanimously passed a corresponding plan, according to the statement published by the Hollywood Reporter. Most recently, more than 100 publicists had sent a letter to the HFPA to pressure and demanded an “explicit plan” for change, as the industry journal “Variety” reported. Otherwise, they threatened, they wanted to avoid HFPA events until further notice. The now targeted target of 13 percent roughly corresponds to the proportion of the black population in the USA.
The Golden Globes were awarded on February 28th this year, they usually give hints of the Oscars that will follow later. Only international journalists who have worked in Hollywood for a long time decide on the HFPA awards in 25 film and television categories. This year there had been criticism for the non-transparent membership criteria. In addition, the jurors were only white, the “Los Angeles Times” reported in advance. During the award ceremony, several members of the HFPA promised that blacks would also be accepted in the future.
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