Golden Globes: accused of corruption, jurors will no longer accept gifts

The members of the jury, suspected of favoritism, are now ordered to refuse any present or advantage from audiovisual professionals.

Accused by Hollywood of favoritism and even corruption, the group behind the very prestigious film awards of the Golden Globes has prohibited its members from accepting any future gift, travel or other advantage, according to Agence France Presse.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which is the organizer and jury of America’s most prized film ceremony after the Oscars, goes on the most stringent diet in an attempt to appease a controversy fueled for months.

The group of some 80 film journalists have been accused of exploiting the prestige that comes with a Golden Globe nomination or victory to gain juicy privileges and unparalleled access to Hollywood stars.

“We will continue to update the industry on our progress as we vote on new statutes that will create an inclusive, diverse and transparent structure.”

Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)

According to new guidelines adopted on Thursday, members of this group are no longer allowed to accept promotional material or other gifts from studios, publicists. […] or others associated with movies and TV shows.

The HFPA remains deeply committed to the changes it outlined in its detailed reform plan in May, the group said in a statement.

Stars like Scarlett Johansson and Tom Cruise had deemed these reforms far too slow and vague, and two members of the HFPA Association of the Hollywood Foreign Press had even resigned from the group, calling it toxic.

Powerful studios like Netflix and Amazon Studios have said they are no longer interested in working with the HFPA Foreign Press Association in Hollywood until dramatic changes take place. Warner Bros Studios, meanwhile, complained that the group’s reform program did not go far enough.

In this context, the awards ceremony was suspended by its broadcaster, NBC. We will continue to inform the industry of our progress as we vote on new statutes that will create an inclusive, diverse and transparent structure, of which our members, stakeholders and partners will be proud, assured the group.


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