American actor Tom Cruise has returned three Golden Globe Awards he had won, protesting the lack of diversity in the body that manages the famous annual Hollywood Awards.
Cruz is the latest star to join a growing group of stars who have criticized the Foreign Press Association in Hollywood, which oversees the award.
NBC, which has been broadcasting the event since 1996, announced that it would not broadcast the concert next year.
NBC said it wanted to see “meaningful reform” from regulators.
The Golden Globes are second only to the Oscars, in terms of importance.
The Times Up movement, a leading advocate of film reform, described NBC’s move as a “defining moment for Hollywood”.
Netflix, Warner Media, and Amazon Studios have also announced their refusal to participate in events related to the foreign press in Hollywood.
The association, whose members vote for the awards, has faced criticism for months, because of a report by the Los Angeles Times published in February, which revealed that there has not been a single black member in the association, which has close to 90 members, for 20 years.
League members have also faced charges of making racist and sexist comments, as well as soliciting benefits and services from celebrities and studios.
On the other hand, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Tuesday published a timetable for reforms, saying it wanted to implement “transformational changes as quickly as possible – and thoughtfully – as possible”, adding that “systematic reform … is long overdue.”
She added that she is committed to “achieving these goals expeditiously.”
A number of Hollywood stars have condemned the practices of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, including Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo.