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LOS ANGELES (Reuters), The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that 21 additional members have been added to the group, which is trying diversify its membership.
The HFPA has now added 105 new members. A statement from the HFPA stated that nearly 50% of new members are women while six percent are Black.
In February, a Los Angeles Times investigation found that the group was composed entirely of Black members. It also raises long-standing ethical concerns about the close relationship between the HFPA (the movie studios) and the Golden Globe nominations.
Following the outcry, broadcaster NBC decided to cancel its broadcast of 2022’s Golden Globes.
The HFPA promised a variety of reforms such as diversification in its membership rolls, and prohibition on members accepting gifts. The new members include 18 who identify themselves as Asians, 12 Latinos, and 9 Middle Eastern.
This group hopes to grow its membership even further in 2022. It also plans to revive and revitalize the awards show in 2023.
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