Actor Tom Cruise has returned all his Golden Globe awards won over the years.
According to CNN, the move comes amid growing controversy surrounding the HFPA — the organisation behind the Globes — for its lack of diversity, specifically having no black members, and ethical questions related to financial benefits to some of its 87 members brought to light in a February investigation.
The star won best actor awards for his performances in Jerry Maguire (1997), Born on the Fourth of July (1990), and best supporting actor for Magnolia (2000). All three trophies were sent back to the HFPA headquarters.
Filmmaker Ava Duverney took to Twitter to praise the move made by Cruise.
"That time that Tom Cruise sent his Golden Globes for Jerry Maguire, Magnolia and Born on the Fourth of July in an actual box to the reception desk of HFPA to stand against their sexist, homophobic, racist practices of exclusion, harassment and bias," she pointed out.
NBC also announced on Monday that it would not be broadcasting the show in 2022.
"We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes," they told CNN Business.
Former HFPA president Meher Tatna told Variety that the group hasn’t had a Black member since at least 2002, when she first joined.