Over its long history, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has had embarrassing scandals. We looked into the organization ahead of the 78th Golden Globes ceremony.

Here's what we found. @StacyPerman @joshrottenberg report latimes.com/entertainment-…
Documents and interviews with over 50 people reveal an organization struggling to combat allegations of self-dealing and ethical lapses.

That's not all.
The Times investigation found that the nonprofit HFPA regularly issues substantial payments to its own members in ways that some experts say could skirt IRS guidelines.

Our findings: latimes.com/entertainment-…
In response to questions, the HFPA said in a statement, “none of these allegations has ever been proven in court or in any investigation."

In the past, Ricky Gervais and actor Gary Oldman have been brutally honest when discussing the organization: latimes.com/entertainment-…
There are no Black members in the HFPA.

Here's a closer look at the 87-member body, which includes a famous actress, a wealthy socialite, and a Russian bodybuilder turned actor and filmmaker latimes.com/entertainment-…
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In a year sporting four excellent Black-led ensembles — “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “One Night in Miami” and “Da 5 Bloods” — the HFPA couldn’t find room for any of them in the top film category.

Not one. latimes.com/entertainment-…

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