Investigation raises doubts about the operation and ethical conduct of the Foreign Press Association in Hollywood, just a few days after the Golden Globes were awarded.
A few days before the delivery of the Golden Globes, an investigation by the American newspaper Los Angeles Times raised doubts about the operation and ethical conduct of the Foreign Press Association in Hollywood, which awards those awards.
In the published research, the LA Times questions the relevance that the Foreign Press Association in Hollywood (HFPA) still has in the film industry in the United States, stating that the members of the organization receive high remuneration, whose provenance is not transparent, and not all are effectively journalists.
From interviews with more than 50 people, including agents, producers of production studios and seven former and current members of the association, the North American newspaper traces an image of dubious performance, protectionist of its members and disconnected from reality.
According to the newspaper, a lawsuit filed in 2020 by Norwegian journalist Kjersti Flaa is underway, who was denied admission to the association, accusing HFPA of perpetuating “a culture of corruption”Among its members and to be colluding with journalists who receive money from movie studios, all of this done“ in a code of silence ”.
In November, the federal judge rejected the lawsuit, but the journalist resorted of the decision, now also counting on the participation in the case of the Spanish journalist Rosa Gamazo.
To the newspaper, Kjersti Flaa believes that it is necessary to maintain public pressure on HFPA to force it to change: “This has been going on for many years and continues. It is time for them to realize that they need to change ”.
THE LA Times also confirmed that among the 87 members there is no one person black, a fact that the association admitted and expressed “committed” to change, others are representing various countries and there are still “many who are not truly journalists, because they are no threat to anyone”, as described by an element of the organization.
The case of a journalist from the French newspaper is also cited The world, a correspondent in Hollywood (California), who ended up giving up membership in the association after several failed attempts.
“I was very qualified and professionally active. At the time, I was even the only foreign member of the television critic association. It was worthless. After a while, I stopped insisting [em tentar ser da HFPA]. I thought they were ridiculous, ”French journalist Claudine Mulard told the LA Times.
The Golden Globes were once seen as an antechamber for the Oscars, but in recent years their importance has been questioned and even ridiculed, for example, by humorist Ricky Gervais, presenter of various ceremonies.
This year, the association was widely criticized for having excluded from the Golden Globes nominations several productions that are potential Oscar candidates, such as Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods”, “Judas and the Black Messiah” by Shaka King, and “Ma Rainey: The mother of the blues”, by George C. Wolfe. The newspaper also found that, being a non-profit association, HFPA makes “substantial payments” to its members, in 2020 it was 1.6 million euros, to belong to different committees and perform certain tasks.
The association defends itself, saying that there are prejudices in relation to the members of the association, that the association’s accounts are audited and that the practice of financial compensation to members is based on what is already practiced in relation to other non-profit organizations.
The Golden Globes attribution, which has been going on for almost eighty years annually, is the most visible side of the Foreign Press Association’s performance in Hollywood.
The newspaper recalls that each year the award ceremony totals between 18 and 20 million viewers, a generous number and that is still seen by the film studios as a key point in the calendar of awards towards the Oscars.
“The problem is that studios need them”, Admitted the agent of one of the Hollywood studios, who did not want to be identified.
The 78th edition of the Golden Globes is scheduled for Sunday, February 28, will feature a presentation by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and the ceremony will be only virtual, given the epidemiological situation of Covid-19 in the United States. The film “Mank”, by David Fincher, and the series “The Crown”, produced by the Netflix platform, lead the nominations.