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Tom Cruise gives back Golden Globe Awards in protest against HFPA

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Although Tom Cruise’s personal life is often in the spotlight, his dedication to his career in the entertainment industry is unquestionable. Therefore, it is surprising that he chose to return three prestigious awards he received for his work in three significant movies. What’s more astonishing is the reason behind his decision.

A source reportedly close to Cruise informed CNN on Monday that the renowned actor has given back the three Golden Globe awards he earned for “Jerry Maguire” in 1997, “Born on the Fourth of July” in 1990, and “Magnolia” in 2000 to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The reason? To express his support for the growing protest against the HFPA.

The HFPA, responsible for managing the Golden Globe awards, has faced criticism recently for its severe lack of diversity among its members. A report by the Los Angeles Times in February revealed that out of the 87 members of the organization, none are Black. Furthermore, ethical concerns regarding financial benefits provided to members were also raised.

In response to this, actors and networks have started distancing themselves from the HFPA and its events.

“While we believe in the HFPA’s commitment to reform, substantial changes require time and effort. Hence, NBC has decided not to broadcast the 2022 Golden Globes,” stated NBC to CNN Business.

Actress Scarlett Johansson commented, “As an actor promoting a film, participating in awards season means engaging in press conferences and attending award shows. Unfortunately, in the past, this involved encountering sexist and borderline harassment from specific HFPA members. The HFPA was initially championed by individuals like Harvey Weinstein to gain momentum for Academy acknowledgment, and the industry followed suit. Unless crucial reforms are made within the organization, I believe it’s time to step back from the HFPA and emphasize the unity and strength within our industry and unions.”

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