Zero Black Members Led to Golden Globes Snubs
If you're wondering why some of your favorite movies and shows were snubbed in the upcoming Golden Globes a blistering report explains why. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association — the group of people who nominate and select winners for the annual Golden Globes — has come under fire for lack of diversity after a report found of its 87 members zero black members are currently in the organization.
The HFPA confirmed to the outlet that there are indeed no black members — but claimed it’s an issue they’re “committed to addressing.” However, the group did not elaborate on a plan of action.
When nominations were released in early February, there were notable snubs including widely acclaimed films such as ” for the top big-screen honors — though “Judas” star Daniel Kaluuya scored a nod for a “supporting role.” Same goes for the entire cast of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” on the small screen: It was nominated for best TV drama — but the entire cast was overlooked for acting nods.
The diversity in the organization raises eyebrows and a number of questions. However, the HFPA pointed fingers at the group’s members for failing to nominate the critically acclaimed projects.
“We do not control the individual votes of our members,” HFPA said in a statement to the LA Times. “We seek to build cultural understanding through film and TV and recognize how the power of creative storytelling can educate people around the world to issues of race, representation and orientation.”
The Golden Globes group’s lack of diversity isn't a surprise to some including Ava DuVernay who responded to the news via twitter
Another explosive report claimed that the HFPA was treated to a five-star trip to France to visit the set of “Emily in Paris,” which scored a nomination that many critics and fans considered to be a shock. Even a writer for the Netflix show penned a piece stating that other great works, including “I May Destroy You,” instead deserved the nomination.