Updated March 18, 2021, 11:08 am
- All 87 current members of the Golden Globes Jury are white.
- That caused criticism in the run-up to this year’s award ceremony.
- Now the organizers are reacting and want to include black journalists on the committee.
The Golden Globes are one of the most important awards ceremonies in the entertainment industry. But in the past there has always been controversy about the award show organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
With regard to a point that has recently been heavily criticized, the organizers now want to improve. Specifically, the jury, which has so far only been white, is to be expanded to include black members.
The HFPA currently has 87 members, all of them international journalists. As the organization announced in a statement on Monday, this number should now be increased to at least 100 people, of whom a minimum of 13 percent should be black journalists. As the letter goes on to say, the decision was based on the percentage of black people in the US population.
The decision to make the HFPA more diverse is a reaction to research published in February by the Los Angeles Times. A few days before the 2021 award ceremony, the newspaper reported that the Globes jury currently consists exclusively of white members.
The nomination of “Emily in Paris” causes a diversity controversy
The text also highlighted the fact that the highly criticized nomination of the Netflix series “Emily in Paris” at the Globes 2021 could be in connection with travel sponsored by the streaming service for members of the jury.
The series starring Lily Collins had entered the race for a Golden Globe in two categories; that had caused a lot of misunderstanding in the run-up to the show. The production is considered to be laden with clichés and received some devastating reviews when it was released.
Meanwhile, the acclaimed series “I may destroy you”, which was written and realized by the black British Michaela Coel, was completely ignored at the 2021 Golden Globes.
Critics see this as a sign that the works of black artists are not adequately recognized at the award ceremony. In an article for the British “Guardian”, an author who helped write the script for “Emily in Paris” even followed this line of argument.
Due to its small size, the Globes jury has long been recognized within the industry as underrepresentative and their decisions are often incomprehensible. For comparison: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars every year, has more than 10,000 members.
PR agencies put pressure on Globes organizers
The organizers of the Golden Globes had already responded to the criticism a few days after this year’s award ceremony and announced on March 9th that they wanted to develop a strategy for more diversity, justice and inclusion.
The organization also came under increasing pressure on Monday through a letter signed by several hundred PR agencies. In the letter published by the Hollywood Reporter, the companies called for “transparent, meaningful change that respected the diversity and dignity” of their clients.
Should the Globes organizers fail to comply with this requirement, the PR agencies would be forced to urge the people they care for not to take part in HFPA events.
- Deadline: Golden Globes’ Lack Of Diversity And Grab Bag Of Nominations Set Back Representation Goals In Hollywood
- Los Angeles Times: Golden Globes voters in tumult: Members accuse Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. of self-dealing, ethical lapses
- The Guardian: I’m a writer on Emily in Paris. I May Destroy You deserved a Golden Globe nomination
- The Hollywood Reporter: Golden Globes: 100+ PR Firms Warn HFPA They Will Cut Off Talent Unless There Is “Transformational Change”
- Variety: HFPA Board Pledges to Add at Least 13 Black Members
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