The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, on Tuesday, announced its newly elected Board members, who will oversee its ongoing plan to restructure the organisation to ensure better diversity and inclusion.
“This new Board will include 15 total directors – 12 active members and three non-members,” the statement read.
Of these, the 12 active board members have been announced and it is notable that they include eight women. The board members elected are Helen Hoehne, Gabriel Lerman, Sabrina Joshi, Yukiko Nakajima, Scott Orlin, Kirpi Uimonen, Henry Arnaud, Barbara de Oliveira Pinto, Barbara Gasser, Tina Johnk Christensen, Greet Ramaekers, and Armando Gallo. Of these, five are fresh inductees.
The new board will now select three non-member board directors and five non-member credentials committee members.
Members of the credentials committee comprise Michele Manelis, Barbaros Tapan, and Alessandra Venezia, all of whom have never served on the board before.
All new board and committee members will undergo diversity, equity, inclusion and leadership training for their respective roles. Later this week, HFPA members will vote for a new president of the organisation directly from among the new board members.
New members will immediately be allowed to vote on the Golden Globes, vote for board members, and serve on committees.
The HFPA’s reform plan was announced in the wake of the backlash that the organisation received after an LA Times investigation revealed that there were no black members among the 87 HFPA members. The Time’s Up organisation also called out the association for its lack of diversity and inclusion.
The HFPA was further criticised for the Golden Globe nominations this year not including potential Oscar frontrunners Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Da 5 Bloods, both of which are black-led films.
The set of bylaws announced by the association in early August had promised the election of new members.