Tom Cruise is no stranger to the Golden Globes. The actor received a Golden Globe for his roles in Born on the Fourth of July in 1989, Jerry Maguire in 1996 and Magnolia in 1999, as well as four more nominations for other projects (via IMDb).
However, in 2021, Cruise returned his three statues in response to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lack of diversity and history of corruption.
One week before the 2021 ceremony Los Angeles Times investigation showed that no black journalist was on the voting staff, as well as allegations of self-serving acts and questionable journalistic ethics. Cruise was one of several high-profile actors who were punished by the HFPA, including Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, and NBC dropped the award show network (via Diversity). The Golden Globes will return to NBC in January. This follows a reckoning in the HFPA, which now boasts more votes and a commitment to greater racial and ethnic diversity.
It remains to be seen if Cruise’s actions have led to him being snubbed, or if the acting category is particularly competitive this year. Most likely, any questions about whether the HFPA held a grudge about this will never be resolved, especially given the controversy.
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