The 80th edition will not have had any great surprises in the list of winners of the Golden Globes, but one more year has given something to talk about as far as anecdotes are concerned. And without a doubt, one of the most powerful moments has been when they mentioned Tom Cruise.
Comedian Jerrod Carmichael was the emcee and had a few moments where he excelled with humor, even bordering on black humor.. Among the gags, the most notorious is the one that made reference to Tom Cruise. The protagonist of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, who was not nominated, returned his Golden Globes in 2021. For this reason, Carmichael, before introducing the presenters Glen Powell and Jay Ellis, Cruise’s co-stars in ‘Top Gun: Maverick ‘, Carmichael took the stage with three galadorness.
“Guys backstage I found this“said the presenter. “They are the three Golden Globes that Tom Cruise returned“. And that was not all: Carmichael had more jokes up his sleeve, including one that left many hallucinating. “I’m only a host briefly or whatever, but I have a proposal. Maybe we can take these three things and trade them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige,” he said, referring to the 2007 missing woman, wife of Scientology leader and Cruise friend David Miscavige..
Why did Tom Cruise return his Golden Globes?
In May 2021, controversy surrounding the HFPA, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the awards, came to light due to its lack of diversity, notably not having black members, and ethical issues related to financial benefits for some of its 87 members that came to light in an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.
Faced with such controversy, the reactions of certain names in the industry did not wait. Cruise returned the three Golden Globes that had been awarded to him throughout his career in 1990 for ‘Born on the 4th of July’ (in the photo)in 1997 for ‘Jerry Maguire’ or that of ‘Magnolia’ in 2000.
Cruise was one of the first Hollywood celebrities to react to the controversy in 2021, which was followed by more gestures from the industry. The most notorious came from NBC, which refused to broadcast the awards ceremony in 2022.
One of the best movies of 2022 has undoubtedly been ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, an expected return of the actor’s character three decades after the original film. Cruise is not nominated for Best Actor but the film was up for Best Motion Picture Drama and Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” was up for Best Song. In both categories it has gone empty.
We’ll see how they do at the Oscars, where it will be much more likely to see Cruise. Let’s see how the nominations for January 24 are going.