Golden Globes' HFPA announces 'most diverse' class of new members, touts changes

Six months after vowing "transformational" change over the Golden Globe diversity scandal, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its most diverse and largest class of new member entries in its 78-year history on Friday.

The group that organizes the annual Golden Globe Awards added 21 new members, marking more than a 20% increase in overall membership, according to an HFPA statement. The recruited class consists of 29% new members who identify as Black, 24% who identify as Asian, 29% who identify as Latinx, and 19% who identify as Middle Eastern/North African.

"We are building a new organization, one that is not focused on fulfilling quotas, but instead has diversity and inclusion at its core (and) has ethical conduct as the norm," HFPA President Helen Hoehne said in the statement.

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The HFPA, the group which hosts the annual Golden Globe Awards, has announced the results of a six-month effort to counter heavy criticism over its lack of diversity.

Once 87 members, the HFPA has been engulfed by criticism over issues ranging from preferential treatment sought by its members to lack of racial representation in its ranks, which included no Black members, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation this year. 

The national outcry, which included Tom Cruise returning his three Golden Globe awards, peaked in May when NBC announced it won't broadcast the Golden Globes in 2022, and would evaluate televising the 2023 awards if the HFPA made structural changes.

The organization embarked on a six-month-long reform process focused on key areas including membership, inclusion, good governance and transparency.

To recruit the new class, the HFPA eliminated "outdated requirements and barriers to entry" to create a larger, more diverse organization. 

The group's bylaws have been changed so that members can no longer accept gifts from anyone associated with movies and television programs on which HFPA members vote for awards. Members must also pay for their own trips, rather than accepting trip from studios.

Tre’vell Anderson, part of the group's restructured credential committee, said they were "proud" of the first class of new members.

“That said, we recognize that this is just a first step in a long process," Anderson said in the statement.