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Tom Cruise wasn’t off-limits at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards , despite his messy relationship with the awards show.

Host Jerrod Carmichael made a particularly brutal jab at the actor – who isn’t nominated tonight – and his decision to return his three Golden Globe awards in 2021 in response to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s many controversies , which include lack of Black representation, anti-Asian racism, and sexual misconduct.

Before introducing presenters Glen Powell and Jay Ellis, Cruise’s costars in Top Gun: Maverick ,  Carmichael entered the stage with three trophies.

“Hey, guys backstage I found these,” the host said. “It’s the three Golden Globe awards that Tom Cruise returned.”

Cruise had won the awards for his roles in Born on the Fourth of July , Jerry Maguire , and Magnolia .

But that wasn’t all, Carmichael had more jokes up his sleeve – including one that left many in shock. “I’m just a host briefly or whatever, but I have a pitch. Maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige,” he said in reference to the missing wife of Scientology leader and Cruise’s close friend David Miscavige.

Jerrod Carmichael with the Tom Cruise /Scientology /Shelly Miscavige joke 😬😬😬 pic.twitter.com/fgW581KFGm — Gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 11, 2023

Beyond the traditionally joking nature of the ceremony, Cruise’s beef with the ceremony runs deeper than one big snub.

Cruise was one of the first – and loudest – Hollywood celebrities to respond to the controversy surrounding the HFPA in 2021, which led to NBC refusing to air the awards show in 2022 and boycotts from Netflix, Amazon, and more. After it was revealed that the voting body had zero Black members at the time, the Top Gun actor returned all three Golden Globe awards that he had previously won.

While Cruise isn’t nominated for a Best Actor award tonight, his star vehicle flick is nominated for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Song.

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Jerrod Carmichael Makes a Scientology Joke at Tom Cruise's Expense, Shocks Hollywood

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Jan. 11 2023, Published 9:02 a.m. ET

Jerrod Carmichael with "Tom Cruise's Golden Globes"

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, the 80th Golden Globe Awards ceremony was held, despite the show's reputation falling apart in recent years. After two years of controversy and criticism over a lack of diversity, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) welcomed Black comedian Jerrod Carmichael to the stage as the host. (Don’t worry, he didn’t miss the opportunity to joke about why he was hired for the job.) Jerrod also joked that he found Tom Cruise’s three Golden Globes backstage.

Amid his jokes — some light and others more controversial — Jerrod dropped the Shelly Miscavige bomb. What else could be expected from a joke about Tom Cruise ? We can’t think of him without associating him with the Church of Scientology , nor can we expect Jerrod to keep his jokes safe, considering how daring his HBO special was. But why did Tom Cruise return his Golden Globes in the first place? Here's what we know.

Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globes amid the 2021 Golden Globes diversity controversy.

In 2021, the Los Angeles Times reported that the HFPA, a small group of international journalists who ultimately choose the Golden Globes nominees and winners, didn’t have any Black members. In this day and age, not only is that disheartening but also unacceptable. Add in the 2020 reinvigoration of the Black Lives Matter movement, and it isn't a surprise that NBC even canceled their Golden Globes broadcast .

As this occurred, many celebrities spoke up against the lack of diversity, including Scarlett Johansson and Tom Cruise. Tom even returned the three Golden Globes he had won over his lifetime, which include two Best Actor awards for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire , and his award for Best Supporting Actor for Magnolia .

While it’s perfectly acceptable, and even commendable, to “return” one’s Golden Globes in order to take a stance against the HFPA, Jerrod’s joke at the 2023 Golden Globes asks Tom to be consistent in his morals. “Backstage I found these three Golden Globe awards that Tom Cruise returned,” Jerrod said, as he came on carrying three prop Golden Globe statuettes.

Diagraming the levels of “no fucks given” by Jerrod Carmichael doing a joke about Shelly Miscavige, the MISSING WIFE OF SCIENTOLOGY LEADER DAVID MISCAVIGE, and THEN introducing the cast of Top Gun, which stars SCIENTOLOGIST TOM CRUISE like: #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/4cDPQgNg8o — 🗣That’s Gotta Be Cain! (@CainMcCoy) January 11, 2023

“Look, I’m just a host briefly, or whatever,” he continued. “But I have a pitch. I think maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige.” The room erupted into gasps, groans, laughs, and applause, as a room full of people who admire Tom was stunned at how to react to the Scientology joke.

Jerrod Carmichael’s joke about Tom Cruise refers to Shelly Miscavige, the missing wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige.

One of the few things almost everyone knows (and mocks) about Tom is his affiliation with the Church of Scientology. Throughout the years, suspect information has been released about the “Church,” including Scientology defector and actor Leah Remini’s claims about Shelly Miscavige . Basically, at Tom and Katie Holmes’s wedding, Leah was in attendance but noticed that the wife of the Church of Scientology Leader David Miscavige was missing.

When Leah first questioned her absence, which was extremely odd in this case, she was told “you don't have the f--king rank to ask about Shelly." This later led to Leah’s exit from the group, as well as her vow to find Shelly and bring her to justice. In fact, Shelly now hasn’t been seen in public for 15 years, despite the LAPD claiming to have met with Shelly in person and closed Leah’s missing person case.

16. Take a look at these emails, obtained by @TonyOrtega94 , that Cory exchanged with Scientology officials. Look how helpful Cory is to Scientology. Look how friendly their relationship is. pic.twitter.com/OHgBxBEj6Z — Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) November 10, 2022

In fact, Leah also revealed that the Church of Scientology hires “off-duty LAPD cops as security” in order to ingratiate themselves with law enforcement. "When I met with [lead detective] Cory Palka about Shelly, he had a letter on his desk thanking him for all his help with Scientology matters and inviting him to come and have lunch, as a guest, at the Celebrity Center," she revealed. So this all begs the question: Where is Shelly Miscavige????

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Tom Cruise Returns All 3 of His Golden Globe Trophies amid HFPA Controversy

Tom Cruise is the latest Hollywood star to take action amid the HFPA’s controversy surrounding diversity and inclusion

The controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association continues to heat up.

Tom Cruise has returned all three of his Golden Globe trophies after NBC canceled the HFPA's award broadcast for 2022, PEOPLE confirms.

Cruise, 58, previously won his three awards for best actor in Born on the Fourth of July (1990) and Jerry Maguire (1997) and for best supporting actor in Magnolia (2000). Deadline first reported the news.

The backlash against the HFPA—which is comprised of a small group of international journalists that determine the nominees and winners of the Golden Globe Awards—began after a February report by the Los Angeles Times revealed the organization counted no Black journalists among its membership.

Scarlett Johansson, who has been nominated for four Golden Globes, also took a stance against the HFPA in urging her fellow industry members to take action.

Johansson, 36, said in a statement obtained by both Deadline and Variety that some of her own experiences with the HFPA led her to "[refuse] to participate in their conferences."

"As an actor promoting a film, one is expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows. In the past, this has often meant facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment. It is the exact reason why I, for many years, refused to participate in their conferences," she said.

The two-time Oscar nominee went on to allege that the HFPA "was legitimized by the likes of Harvey Weinstein to amass momentum for Academy recognition and the industry followed suit."

Johansson concluded, "Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA and focus on the importance and strength of unity within our unions and the industry as a whole."

Representatives for the HFPA did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Listen below to the episode of our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day for more on the controversy surrounding the HFPA.

Earlier on Monday, NBC also took action against the HFPA, announcing it would not air the 2022 ceremony for the first time in several years, though the network did leave the door open for the future.

"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. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023," the network announced in a press release, according to The Hollywood Reporter .

On Thursday, Netflix 's co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos sent a letter to the HFPA's leadership committee that came shortly after the HFPA voted to approve reforms within its organization, according to THR .

In the letter, Sarandos stated the vote was "an important first step" but that the company did not "believe these proposed new policies—particularly around the size and speed of membership growth — will tackle the HFPA's systemic diversity and inclusion challenges, or the lack of clear standards for how your members should operate."

HFPA President Ali Sar responded in a letter to Sarandos saying the HFPA has "always valued our relationship with Netflix as we seek to bring news about motion pictures and television to the world," Deadline reported.

"We hear your concerns about the changes our association needs to make and want to assure you that we are working diligently on all of them ," Sar added, in part. "We can assure you that our plan reflects input from our supporters and critics alike, and we truly believe that our plan will drive meaningful reform and inclusion within our Association and in a way that the entire industry can be proud of."

Amazon Studios also confirmed it hadn't been working with the HFPA a day after Netflix's statement, and GLAAD also called out the HFPA for its lack of inclusion when it comes to the LGBTQ community.

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The actor returned his statues in 2021 amid the controversy surrounding the show's governing body, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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Tom Cruise  did not receive a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Top Gun: Maverick , which itself was nominated in the best drama category. The snub comes after the actor returned his three  Golden Globes  statues in 2021 amid the controversy surrounding the show’s governing body, Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Cruise won the best actor honor in 1990 for  Born on the Fourth of July  and again in 1997  for Jerry Maguire,  as well as receiving a best supporting actor award in 2000 for  Magnolia .

Maverick has had a massive year, with a 96 percent rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and over $1.4 billion at the global box office. It is considered an early frontrunner for best picture at the Academy Awards , among other categories.

After a year off the air, the Golden Globes are returning to NBC on Jan. 10, with Jerrod Carmichael acting as host.

The Golden Globes is produced by Dick Clark Prods. and Jesse Collins Entertainment in association with the HFPA. The Hollywood Reporte r is owned by PME Holdings, LLC, a joint venture between Penske Media Corporation and Eldridge, the latter of which owns HFPA.

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Golden Globes nominate Top Gun: Maverick for Best Picture after Tom Cruise returned his 3 awards

The actor gave back his Golden Globes in protest over the HFPA's racial exclusion scandal in 2021.

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Tom Cruise has been nominated for the 2023 Golden Globes as the producer of Best Picture nominee Top Gun: Maverick , just over one year since the superstar returned his trio of statuettes in protest over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's racial exclusion scandal .

Cruise's Top Gun sequel — currently the top-grossing movie of 2022, with $718 million in domestic ticket sales — was among the five nominees in the Best Motion Picture — Drama category, announced Monday morning by actresses Selenis Leyva and Mayan Lopez.

EW previously reported that Cruise had given his three Golden Globes back to the organization in May 2021, months after the Los Angeles Times published an exposé indicating the HFPA had no Black members among its voting ranks . Cruise won Golden Globes in 1990 for Born on the Fourth of July (Best Actor in a Drama), 1997 for Jerry Maguire (Best Actor in a Drama), and 2000 for Magnolia (Best Supporting Actor).

Other celebrities who publicly opposed the Globes amid the controversy included filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Scarlett Johansson, a faction of over 100 publicity firms released a joint statement pledging to distance themselves from the HFPA until action for equity was taken, and NBC announced it would not air a 2022 Globes broadcast, resulting in the organization announcing its winners at a private ceremony in January .

Since then, NBC has committed to a January 2023 telecast , after the HFPA welcomed 103 diverse voters to its ranks in addition to announcing behind-the-scenes initiatives, including establishing an oversight committee and a partnership with the NAACP.

Still, multiple Hollywood insiders anonymously told EW in December 2021 that they don't anticipate the Globes returning to their former glory: "Any nomination from that organization this year is tainted," a prominent publicity head anonymously told EW last year . Another campaign mastermind added: "You focus on laurels that give pedigree and bring attention in a positive way. Given the conversation right now, [the Globes don't] feel positive. [They don't] feel like forward momentum."

Additionally, Best Actor nominee Brendan Fraser revealed in November that he would not attend the ceremony if he received a nod for his work in Darren Aronofsky's new drama The Whale , after he alleged that he was sexually assaulted by one of its former presidents, Philip Berk, whom has denied the allegation.

See the full list of 2023 Golden Globe nominations before winners are announced on the Jan. 10 NBC telecast, hosted by comedian and actor Jerrod Carmichael.

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His mission was to no longer accept his Golden Globe Awards.

Tom Cruise has returned his three Golden Globes to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in protest of the embattled organization, Deadline reports .

This was the latest blow to the group that puts on the Golden Globes after NBC announced Monday afternoon it would not air the awards show in 2022. The HFPA drew heavy criticism ahead of this year's ceremony after it was revealed that its voting body doesn't consist of a single Black member . The HFPA recently announced planned changes to address a number of issues including the group's lack of diversity, but major studios called the reforms out for not going far enough, and NBC on Monday officially pulled the plug on next year's ceremony.

"This is a new tack," Deadline writes of Cruise's move, "but I wouldn’t be surprised if others follow his lead and that the reception area of the HFPA could be crammed with golden trophies." Cruise twice won a Best Actor Golden Globe for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire , and he also won Best Supporting Actor for Magnolia .

The news was just another example of the major crisis the Golden Globes group is facing amid questions over whether the ceremony will even return to NBC at all. Even though NBC said Monday it hopes to "be in a position to air the show in January 2023," Variety writes dropping it in 2022 "could very well serve as a permanent break between the Globes and NBC." Clearly, it hasn't been a golden afternoon for the HFPA.

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Actor and network join industry figures distancing themselves from Hollywood Foreign Press Association after exposé

Tom Cruise has returned his three Golden Globes in protest after criticisms levelled at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association continue to create problems in the industry.

The actor, who won for Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia, is one of many to stand up against the HFPA, the small group of international journalists who vote on the awards, after an exposé highlighted failings. NBC has also announced that it will not be airing the 2022 Golden Globes.

The HFPA has been under fire since the Los Angeles Times revealed allegations of corruption and impropriety as well as a lack of any black members.

“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” a statement from the network read. “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. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”

In response, the HFPA released a detailed timeline of proposed changes and a statement. “Regardless of the next air date of the Golden Globes, implementing transformational changes as quickly – and as thoughtfully – as possible remains the top priority for our organization,” it read. “We invite our partners in the industry to the table to work with us on the systemic reform that is long overdue, both in our organization as well as within the industry at large.”

The network has shown the Golden Globes since 1996, paying about $60m a year for rights. The most recent ceremony, which saw Nomadland win big, saw a 60% drop in viewers .

The last week has seen studios, publicists and stars continue to distance themselves from the HFPA. Netflix, WarnerMedia and Scarlett Johansson have all urged the industry to take action. “Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA,” Johansson said .

Nearly 100 PR firms representing the film industry said they would “continue to refrain from any HFPA-sanctioned events, including press conferences, unless and until these issues are illuminated in detail with a firm commitment to a timeline”.

On 4 May, the HFPA announced changes to improve diversity and credibility, including diversifying members and an end to members taking “promotional items” from studios. But the Time’s Up organisation criticised the reforms as “window-dressing platitudes”. An open letter added: “Our community of vibrant creatives across all racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds deserve better.”

The Los Angeles Times ran two investigations in the lead-up to this year’s ceremony, detailing many “ethical lapses” that have seen members courted by studios as well as barriers faced by black journalists. Since the article was published, the HFPA’s former president Phillip Berk was expelled for sharing an article with other members that referred to Black Lives Matter as “a “racist hate group”.

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While the tinsel-festooned stretch known best as "awards season" might be months away at the time of this writing, it seems the name of one of those most celebrated Hollywood ceremonies, the Golden Globes, is currently on everyone's lips. Now, it looks like the show orchestrated and organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is getting another wave of unwanted scrutiny because of the recent actions of an industry mega-star: actor Tom Cruise .

As publications like Deadline reported on May 10, Cruise reportedly has returned the three Golden Globes he garnered over the years for his performances in the movies "Born on the Fourth of July," "Magnolia," and "Jerry Maguire." The delivery of the statuettes occurred in the midst of yet another emergency for the press organization — the decision by NBC executives to pull their airing of the Golden Globes in 2022, an event which the network has broadcast since the show's debut in 1944 . So why, exactly, did Cruise decide to mark his Golden Globes with a "return to sender?" Read on after the jump to find out.

Tom Cruise returned his Golden Globes over the recent HFPA scandal

As The New York Post summarized in their coverage of the recent Golden Globes controversy, the organization behind the awards ceremony made headlines after accusations against HFPA over a purported of an ingrained and pervasive opposition of inclusivity among its membership surfaced in late April and early May. 

Per the Post, the inciting event occurred after the organization's board president, Phil Berk, allegedly called the Black Lives Matter movement a "hate movement" and "racist" in an email to HFPA staff and the 87 members that make up the organization's award voter base . Though Berk was later kicked off the board after the Los Angeles Times broke the story in April , the damage was already done. Despite statements and at least one proposal made to implement structural changes to the organization, both NBC and Netflix have severed ties with HFPA, according to the Post and other news outlets.

Now, it looks like one of Hollywood's biggest A-listers has made his stance on the matter known. In an act of symbolic repudiation, Cruise purportedly returned his three Golden Globes in an act of protest against HFPA's lack of inclusion and Berk's past remarks. Though it is unclear as to whether his three gilded statues showed up in a package to HFPA's headquarters with a statement of intent, it seems that the gesture on its own might speak for itself. 

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Tom Cruise is returning his three Golden Globes trophies in protest of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, IndieWire confirms. Deadline was the first to report on the story. Cruise sent his three Globes trophies to the HFPA headquarters on May 10. News about Cruise’s protest broke just as NBC confirmed it would not be airing the 2022 Globes ceremony. The Globes have been plagued by scandal all year , resulting in condemnation from actors like Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, plus studios such as Amazon, Netflix, and WarnerMedia.

Cruise’s three Golden Globe wins came for “Jerry Maguire” (Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical), “Magnolia” (Best Supporting Actor), and “Born on the Fourth of July” (Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama). The actor boasts four additional Golden Globe nominations for “The Last Samurai” (Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama), “Tropic Thunder” (Best Supporting Actor), “A Few Good Men” (Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama), and “Risky Business” (Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical).

In announcing it would be dropping the 2022 Globes telecast, NBC wrote in a statement: “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. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”

Johansson came forward over the weekend to denounce the HFPA herself, sharing in a statement , “As an actor promoting a film, one is expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows. In the past, this has often meant facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment. It is the exact reason why I, for many years, refused to participate in their conferences.”

Johansson continued, “The HFPA is an organization that was legitimized by the likes of Harvey Weinstein to amass momentum for Academy recognition, and the industry followed suit. Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA and focus on the importance and strength of unity within our unions and the industry as a whole.”

Cruise is the first actor to return his trophies in protest of the HFPA. The actor is currently filming his “Mission: Impossible” sequels.

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Golden Globes implosion: What to know after NBC drops 2022 awards show, Tom Cruise returns trophies

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The long-brewing scandal around the Hollywood Foreign Press Association  took a sudden, dramatic turn Monday, when NBC stunned with the announcement that the network will not air the 2022 Golden Globes Awards — a right for which NBC pays $60 million per year.

The network said  the rate of change the HFPA board has proposed in light of criticism over the organization's lack of diversity — not one Black member among its 87 members — and over its questionable standards, was not fast enough to warrant a show next year.

"Change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right," the network statement said. "As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes."

Now the show is canceled, the HFPA is reeling and Tom Cruise literally returned his three Golden Globe awards to the Los Angeles HFPA headquarters as a sign of protest.

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What pushed the Golden Globes situation over the edge?

The Golden Globes has long been the source of criticism and jokes, even by its own hosts . But this year's turmoil boiled into a Globes disaster after a February Los Angeles Times investigation revealed that the HFPA's secretive voting group did not include one Black member. Further Times revelations included some members taking a Paris hotel stay paid for by the creators of "Emily in Paris" prior to the critically-mixed Netflix show shocking with two Globe nominations.

The HFPA board vowed change amid mounting criticism, and on May 3  laid out a broad reform plan  – to admit 20 new members in 2021, with a "specific focus" on recruiting Black members – and a stated goal of increasing the membership by 50% in the next 18 months. The board, which did not give a direct timetable for the group to implement the changes in a letter to members, revealed plans to "review structure of press travel" and "no longer accept promotional items."

NBC initially expressed support for the moves, but cracks started to emerge and quickly widen. Time's Up called the reform plans "window dressing platitudes" and a group of 100 key Hollywood public relations firms insisted the changes did not go far enough. Scarlett Johansson called for fellow stars to "step back" from the "sexist" HFPA, celebrities such as Mark Ruffalo concurred.  

On Friday, powerhouse streamer studio Netflix threatened to boycott the Globes until "meaningful changes" were made. So too followed Amazon Studios, HBO and parent company WarnerMedia, which said they would not actively participate in the Globes Monday – just before NBC called off the 2022 show.

Did Tom Cruise really return his Golden Globe trophies to the HFPA?

The "Mission: Impossible" star had his three Golden Globe trophies returned to the HFPA headquarters Monday, a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly tells USA TODAY. That's two best actor Globes ("Jerry Maguire" and "Born on the Fourth of July") and one best supporting actor award ("Magnolia"). It was a power move for the hugely influential Hollywood player, says Clayton Davis, awards editor for Variety.

"From everything that happened today, Tom Cruise’s actions were the most meaningful," says Davis. "It's so telling that Tom Cruise, who has no Oscar, no SAG Award and no BAFTA Award ,  decided his three Golden Globes needed a return label. It's so important because it can’t be just Blacks and Latinos speaking out about what’s happening in Hollywood."

Davis believes other stars might follow suit and return their Globes. "I think they want to see how loud this gets," he says.

Will there be a Golden Globes in 2022?

The HFPA followed NBC's announcement with a detailed timetable for change and a statement: "Regardless of the next air date of the Golden Globes, implementing transformational changes as quickly – and as thoughtfully – as possible remains the top priority for our organization."

While the HFPA has not commented specifically, don't count on an untelevised Golden Globes ceremony in 2022, or another network picking up the radioactive awards program.

Chris Beachum, managing editor for the awards website GoldDerby.com, predicts programs such as the Critics Choice Awards and the SAG Awards could grab the kick-off awards spot which the Globes has enjoyed in past years.

"Something needs to open awards season," says Beachum. "I can see one of these shows seizing the opportunity and seeing if it sticks."

Is it RIP for the HFPA?

The longtime controversial group has taken its biggest hit to date that will require major structural changes. But if these changes are brought to fore, the tarnished Globes could resume their place in the Hollywood awards structure.

As the NBC statement said, "Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023."

Davis believes the HFPA will need a complete overhaul and will have to work in complete transparency before the group earns the trust of the Hollywood community. However, the awards show has been a consistently popular, influential show for NBC.

"Whether people want to admit or not, the Golden Globes has a direct effect on the entire awards season. Even the Oscars need the Golden Globes to make people start caring about the award movies," says Davis. "And money is a driving factor for NBC."

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Tom Cruise Returns His 3 Golden Globes in Protest Against HFPA

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Actor’s move comes just after NBC announces it will not air the awards show in 2022

Tom Cruise will return the three Golden Globes he has won as the backlash against the scandal-ridden to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association continues to mount, TheWrap has learned. Cruise won two Best Actor awards at the Golden Globes for his performances in “Born on the Fourth of July” in 1989 and “Jerry Maguire” in 1996, as well as a third for his supporting role in “Magnolia” in 1999.

His decision to return the awards comes less than an hour after NBC announced that it would not air the Golden Globes in 2022, though the network left open the possibility of airing the awards show once again in 2023. A rep for Cruise had no comment.

“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,” NBC’s statement read. “As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes.”

As the HFPA continues to pledge that it will reform itself and diversify its membership base, major studios like Netflix, Amazon, and WarnerMedia have notified the organization that they will not be involved with them until actual change is seen. Though the HFPA’s membership approved a proposed plan from its leaders that includes a goal of increasing its membership by 50% over the next two years, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos says that’s not enough.

“Today’s vote is an important first step,” Sarandos wrote in a letter to HFPA leaders on Thursday. “However, we don’t believe these proposed new policies — particularly around the size and speed of membership growth — will tackle the HFPA’s systemic diversity and inclusion challenges, or the lack of clear standards for how your members should operate. So we’re stopping any activities with your organization until more meaningful changes are made.”

In addition, five-time Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson on Saturday called on Hollywood to “step back” from the HFPA “unless there is necessary fundamental reform.” The actress said she has shunned the group’s press conferences “for many years” after “facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment.” The HFPA has been under fire for not having any Black members as well as snubbing movies and TV shows with Black creators like “Bridgerton” and “Girls Trip” for both Globe nominations and press coverage. The group has also recently expelled former president Philip Berk after he shared a story from a right-wing website comparing Black Lives Matter to a “hate movement,” and its diversity efforts have hit speed bumps as USC professor Shaun Harper, who was hired as a diversity consultant, resigned from the position after he was confronted with details about the HFPA’s problems during a meeting with Time’s Up.

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Why did Tom Cruise return his Golden Globes? Jerrod Carmichael’s Tom Cruise joke explained

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While hosting the 80th Golden Globes Awards, Jerrod Carmichael took aim at everyone from Will Smith to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) with his jokes. However, the joke that received the most mixed reception at the Tuesday night ceremony was aimed at Tom Cruise, and his three returned Golden Globes awards.

During the show, Carmichael came on stage with three Golden Globe statues in his arms. He told the crowd they were the three awards Cruise had returned in 2021.

The reaction was likely in response to the brutality of the joke. For those unfamiliar with the story, Cruise won a total of three Golden Globes over the years for his performances in Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, and Magnolia.

However, in 2021, he returned all three awards to protest HFPA . He was one of many actors who retaliated against the organization after it became steeped in controversy for its lack of diversity, and major members of the organization stepped down under accusations of racism and sexual assault.

The controversy was so significant that NBC opted not to air the 2022 Golden Globes. Hence, it wasn’t the fact that Cruise protested against the Golden Globes that drew Carmichael’s joke, but rather his ties to Scientology.

Jerrod Carmichael’s Shelly Miscavige and Tom Cruise joke explained

Cruise is one of the Church of Scientology’s most high-profile members. His outspoken support of Scientology has drawn concern given the Church’s many controversies, including allegations of abuse and mistreatment from church members.

What has also attracted attention is Cruise’s closeness to Scientology leader David Miscavige. The pair’s friendship even extended to David serving as best man at Cruise’s wedding to Katie Holmes.

Meanwhile, Cruise also fostered a friendship with David’s wife, Shelly. While Cruise has denied the claims, rumors have alleged that Shelly tried to help arrange relationships for Cruise and also tried to help him convert his girlfriend, Penelope Cruz, to Scientology.

However, Shelly has not been seen publicly since 2007. Given her absence, two missing persons reports have been filed on her behalf.

After each investigation, the police stated that they had located her alive and well and that she merely wished to remain out of the public spotlight. However, former Scientology members like Leah Remini have questioned her whereabouts.

While the Church insists that Miscavige is not missing, many have questioned if it is a cover-up. Her sudden and perplexing disappearance has sparked conspiracy theories and vows from Remini to find Miscavige at all costs.

Leah Remini responded to Carmichael’s joke

Carmichael mocked Cruise for giving up his three Golden Globes to protest a controversial organization, all while continuing to support the controversial Church of Scientology. The actor was not present at the Golden Globes to hear the joke, despite Top Gun: Maverick being nominated for several awards.

While Carmichael’s joke got mixed reactions, it received gratitude from Leah Remini. She took to Twitter to reshare the scene and thanked Carmichael for raising awareness about Shelly.

Thank you Jerrod Carmichael! Where is Shelly?? #GoldenGlobes2023 #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/Ns81BG7iq0 — Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) January 11, 2023

Remini is an ex-Scientology member who has become an outspoken opponent of the Church. She has written a book and released a documentary exposing the Church of Scientology and documenting the stories of fellow ex-Scientologists.

1. Many of you know about Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology's leader David Miscavige, who has been missing for over 15 years. Well, I have got a hell of an update for you… pic.twitter.com/dhGcKZmHAB — Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) November 10, 2022

For several years now, she has been attempting to unravel the mystery of Miscavige’s disappearance. In a lengthy Twitter feed, she alleged that members are forbidden from questioning Shelly’s whereabouts in the Church and that the LAPD officers in charge of investigating and closing Shelly’s missing person investigations were avid supporters of the Church.

Remini also noted that she first noticed Shelly’s suspicious absence at Cruise’s wedding to Holmes. While David was present, Shelly was not, despite her being her husband’s shadow and constantly accompanying him to events.

Cruise has not responded to Carmichael’s joke, nor has he ever publicly addressed the disappearance of Shelly.

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EXCLUSIVE : Add Tom Cruise to the chorus of outrage against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Deadline hears that the actor today has delivered back to the HFPA the three Golden Globe trophies he has won over the years.

The trophies just sent to HFPA headquarters are the Best Actor prize he won for Jerry Maguire , the Best Actor prize he won for Born on the Fourth of July  and the Best Supporting Actor prize he won for Magnolia . This is a new tack, but I wouldn’t be surprised if others follow his lead and that the reception area of the HFPA could be crammed with golden trophies.

Sources said this just happened, as the Golden Globes house of cards continues to crumble and NBC canceled next year’s broadcast . Cruise becomes the latest star to speak out, including Netflix, Amazon and NBC among others over the slow crawl the organization is making to reform its lack of diversity .

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Jerrod Carmichael Mocks Tom Cruise for Returning Golden Globe Trophies: ‘Let’s Exchange Them’ for Shelly Miscavige’s Return

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Jerrod Carmichael roasted Tom Cruise during the Golden Globes , tackling the actor’s decision in 2021 to return his three Golden Globe awards in protest of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Carmichael was introducing presenters Glen Powell and Jay Ellis, Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick” co-stars, when he appeared on stage with three trophies in his hands.

“Hey, guys backstage I found these,” Carmichael said. “[It’s the] three Golden Globe awards that Tom Cruise returned. I’m just a host briefly, or whatever, but I have a pitch I think. Maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige.”

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Cruise’s three Golden Globe wins came for “Jerry Maguire” (actor in a comedy or musical), “Magnolia” (supporting actor), and “Born on the Fourth of July” (actor in a drama). The actor boasts four additional Golden Globe nominations for “The Last Samurai” (actor in a drama), “Tropic Thunder” (supporting actor), “A Few Good Men” (actor in a drama), and “Risky Business” (actor in a comedy or musical).

Watch Carmichael’s takedown in the video below.

#GoldenGlobes host Jerrod Carmichael makes a dig at Scientology: "Backstage, I found these three Golden Globe awards that Tom Cruise returned…I think maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige." https://t.co/m069JEKekW pic.twitter.com/fw25ng5nU2 — Variety (@Variety) January 11, 2023
Thank you Jerrod Carmichael! Where is Shelly?? #GoldenGlobes2023 #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/Ns81BG7iq0 — Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) January 11, 2023

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NBC will not air the Golden Globes in 2022, putting the future of one of Hollywood's oldest and most-watched award shows in doubt.

Stars such as Tom Cruise are putting pressure on the embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association , which puts on the Globes and chooses winners every year.

Tom Cruise receives Golden Globe in 2000 for his performance in Magnolia

Cruise has reportedly returned his three Golden Globe trophies to the HFPA, which has been slammed for a lack of diversity as well as for ethical failings.

The 58-year-old actor won Globes for Best Actor for Jerry Maguire, Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July, and Best Supporting Actor for Magnolia.

Those performances also garnered Oscar nominations for the Mission Impossible star.

The HFPA is a non-profit organization filled with journalists and photographers who report on the entertainment industry.

The Golden Globes have been held every year since 1944

Stars, studios, and others in the film industry have spoken out in recent weeks against the HFPA, which launched the Globes in 1944.

 NBC said on May 10 that it will not air the Golden Globes next year.

The network said it believes the HFPA is committed to reform.

“However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right,” the network said.

"As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Golden Globes in 2021

The Los Angeles Times documented the organization's questionable record on diversity - including no black members among its roughly 90 voting representatives.

Netflix and Amazon Studios both said they would cut ties with the HFPA if drastic changes were not made.

“We don’t believe these proposed new policies - particularly around the size and speed of membership growth - will tackle the HFPA’s systemic diversity and inclusion challenges, or the lack of clear standards for how your members should operate," wrote Netflix co-chief executive Ted Sarandos.

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The HFPA has ratified plans to add at least 20 new members this year “with a specific focus on recruiting black members” and with a goal of increasing membership 50 percent over the next 18 months.

“Regardless of the next air date of the Golden Globes, implementing transformational changes as quickly - and as thoughtfully - as possible remains the top priority for our organization,” the group said in a statement.

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Whatever Happened to Tom Cruise and Reese Witherspoon’s Rodeo Romance?

We were this close to a Western love story with Witherspoon and Cruise.

The Big Picture

  • Tom Cruise's career took a different turn in 2011, as his attempts at branching out into non-action roles were largely unsuccessful.
  • Cruise's interest in a romantic Western comedy called Paper Wings suggests a different path his stardom could have taken.
  • Cruise's past successes in romantic and comedic roles, such as in Risky Business and Jerry Maguire , highlight his versatility and talent beyond the action genre.

Any discussions about Tom Cruise being “past his prime” are completely ridiculous, as Cruise has proven time and time again why he’s the biggest movie star on the planet. The combined critical and box office success of Top Gun: Maverick and the last few installments within the Mission: Impossible franchise have proven that Cruise is still an immediate box office draw for audiences across the globe. However, Cruise’s career was in a far different place a decade earlier , as his efforts to branch out into non-action roles had been largely unsuccessful. During this brief period of uncertainty, Cruise nearly signed up for a Western romance film that he would have co-starred in with Reese Witherspoon . Although the project never took off, it suggests a very different path that Cruise’s stardom could have taken under different circumstances.

Tom Cruise's Career in 2011 Was Very Different

In early 2011, Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk was reportedly circling a romantic Western comedy that was tentatively titled Paper Wings . The premise felt like a strange cross between Urban Cowboy and Rhinestone , as it followed a rough and tough rodeo star that fell in love with a country singer. The script had been developed by Twilight writer Marty Bohen , and was first sent to New Line Cinema in 2006. Witherspoon first got involved with the project when The Pursuit of Happyness director Gabriele Muccino was attached to helm it. Cruise was reportedly seriously interested in taking on the project. While it now seems unbelievable that Cruise would ever pop up in a Western romance , his career was in a much different state back in 2011.

It had been a rough few years for Cruise. In the aftermath of Mission: Impossible III , Cruise attempted to reestablish himself as a dramatic actor with Robert Redford ’s political drama Lions and Lambs and Bryan Singer ’s World War II thriller Valkyrie . Both films fell flat, indicating that Cruise didn’t quite have the capability to break into any serious award season conversations at this time. Although he scored a surprising Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Tropic Thunder alongside his co-star, Robert Downey Jr. , Downey’s performance was the only one that received any recognition from the Oscars. Cruise tried to trek back into familiar territory in 2010 with James Mangold ’s action comedy Knight and Day , but it became one of the rare critical and financial disasters of his career.

Unfortunately, Paper Wings remained in development hell as Cruise, Witherspoon, and Kirk all began working on other projects. Witherspoon would end up earning a well-deserved Academy award nomination for her performance in Jean-Marc Vallee ’s Wild . She soon became just as popular on television as she was in film thanks to the success of The Morning Show , Big Little Lies , and Little Fires Everywhere . Kirk continued to work in television, directing episodes of Lucifer , Boardwalk Empire , and Dexter . He later made the leap to the big screen when he directed the late, great, Chadwick Boseman in one of his last movies, the 2019 crime thriller 21 Bridges .

'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol' Was a Box Office Hit

Given that Cruise had failed in just about every genre, signing up for an exciting script alongside a star like Witherspoon would have been a great way for him to show off his versatility. However, no one could anticipate just how successful Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol would be when it hit theaters in December. Cruise proved why Ethan Hunt was still the definitive action hero of a generation, and managed to remain at the center of the franchise, even when it was suggested that Jeremy Renner could take over as its new lead. Within the next few years, it became more clear than ever that Ethan Hunt was the only character that Cruise could rely on.

While it appeared like Cruise might have been able to kickstart another franchise in 2012 with Jack Reacher , the film’s disastrous 2016 sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back killed any potential for the franchise. (The character would later be rebooted in the television series Reacher on Amazon Prime Video with Alan Ritchson .) Cruise’s other critical failures included his first musical ( Rock of Ages ), a middling science fiction adventure ( Oblivion ), and his attempt to take part in a cinematic universe (2017’s The Mummy ). Their collective failures indicated that Cruise was best when he was working with familiar material. Perhaps this inspired him to take a nostalgia-heavy look back at one of his most iconic roles with legacy sequel Top Gun: Maverick .

Tom Cruise Needs To Do More Movies Like 'Jerry Maguire' and 'Risky Business'

The failure of Paper Wings to move forward is disappointing , as Cruise is rarely given enough credit for how romantic and funny he could be. Even though he’s now almost exclusively associated with the action genre, it's easy to forget that Cruise’s breakout role was in 1983 with the coming-of-age romantic dramedy Risky Business . The sensitivity and earnestness that Cruise showed at such a young age is largely responsible for the success that he received thereafter. He would also give one of his best performances ever in 1996 with the romantic comedy Jerry Maguire . It was one of the biggest hits of Cruise’s career and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, even though the role was originally written for Tom Hanks .

Tom Cruise Proved the Doubters Wrong with His 'Born on the Fourth of July’ Performance

Cruise also took chances on many different types of romantic films. Vanilla Sky took the rom-com formula into science fiction territory, and Cruise showed a more sensitive version of masculinity with his performances in the arthouse dramas Eyes Wide Shut and Magnolia . Unfortunately, these sorts of projects now seem few and far between for Cruise. 2017’s American Made was the last time that he appeared in a non-action film, and its dismal reviews may have inspired Cruise to narrow his focus on blockbusters even further. The Mission: Impossible franchise is one of the best franchises that is currently running (no pun intended). However, Cruise can only push his physical limits for so long before he is forced to retire from the action genre. Perhaps when Ethan Hunt’s story finally comes to an end, Cruise will circle back to work on something like Paper Wings again. Who doesn’t want to see Cruise play a cowboy?

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