Scarlett Johansson has called for "fundamental reform" of the Golden Globe Awards, after newspaper reports alleged corrupt behaviour by the awards board and criticism of lack of diversity.

She is the latest prominent Hollywood figure to criticise the awards after The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organisers of the Golden Globe Awards, were the subject of an exposé by the LA Times earlier this year.

The committee behind the awards have since pledged "transformational change" after it was revealed that there hadn't been a Black member of the HFPA for decades.

The BBC has reported that Johansson alleged that she faced "sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment".

Mark Ruffalo

Johansson said, "Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organisation, 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."

Her Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo joined Johansson by saying that he didn’t feel "proud or happy" as a recent winner of a Golden Globe.

"Now is the time to step up and right the wrongs of the past," he said. "Honestly, as a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award."

In March, the HFPA listed "immediate action items" that they claimed would lead to change, including "hiring an independent expert in organisational diversity, equity and inclusion to advise and guide us", putting a "specific focus" on adding Black and "other underrepresented professionals" to the group and "hiring a third-party, independent law firm to review the HFPA policies".

The HFPA also said it would add a minimum of 13 Black members, increasing the total membership to at least 100.

"We also acknowledge that we should have done more, and sooner," the group said in a statement. "As a demonstration of our commitment, the board has unanimously approved a plan to increase membership to a minimum of 100 members this year, with a requirement that at least 13 percent of the membership be Black journalists."