This year we watched Tina Fey and Amy Poehler brilliantly host the 70th Golden Globe Awards show. We marveled at the stars on the red carpet before the show, laughed at the one-liners during the show, and waited to see if our favorite TV shows or movies would be rewarded with a trophy. Once the show is over most of us stop thinking about the Golden Globes until the next award season.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group that brings us the Golden Globes, never stops working. According to their website, “The annual Golden Globe Awards have enabled the non-profit organization to donate more than $15 million in the past nineteen years to entertainment-related charities, as well as funding scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals.”
In a world where we read daily about arts programs being removed from schools or underfunded, it is wonderful to hear about an organization that is so steadfastly devoted to giving back to the arts and programs that celebrate the arts.
Last week the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) gathered at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles for a lunch ceremony where they presented $1.6 million in grants, to “preservation of films, higher education, training and mentoring, and the promotion of cultural exchange through film.”
Theo Kingma, the President of HFPA said, “We try every year to give as much as we can to these highly deserving organizations. It is gratifying to know that our efforts are appreciated and we are helping to further the cause of education and film preservation.”
Knowing that the HFPA works so hard to give back makes me love the Golden Globes Award show that much more. I have always been a fan of the show, as it combines both TV and film, and there is always a more relaxed feel to the show. The Academy gets the most respect when it comes to selecting awards as they are peer-based versus the HFPA’s press-based method, but when it comes to philanthropy the Golden Globes really shine.
Check out who Accepted the Golden Globe Grant Awards:
Watch video of stars arriving at the HFPA event:
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