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Golden Globe Group Gives $1.6 Million in Grants

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:

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    Golden Globes Give $1.6 Million in Grants

    The fun-loving award show is also all about giving back and philanthropy. Find out which schools and organizations received grants from the HFPA this year.

     

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  • Eva Longoria | Hosted the Event 2 of 9
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    Eva, who was recently named Philanthropist of the Year by the Hollywood Reporter, a leader in spotlighting philanthropy in the entertainment industry, was the host of the HFPA grant luncheon. 

     

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  • Nicole Kidman | Grant for The Film Foundation 3 of 9
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    Nicole accepted a a grant of $350,000 on behalf of The Film Foundation, in honor of the preservation of historically important films. The Foundation, established in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, has helped to save over 560 films.

     

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  • David O. Russell | Grant for Ghetto Film School in Inner-City New York 4 of 9
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    David O. Russell, director of Silver Linings Playbook, is on the Board of Directors for the Ghetto Film School. The HFPA awarded the school a grant of $20,000. The Ghetto Film School, located in the Bronx, is the nation's first film high school.

     

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  • Colin Farrell | Grant for UCLA 5 of 9
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    Colin, who is busy at work on post production on the romantic-drama Winter's Tale, made time to attend the HFPA event and accept a $20,000 grant to give to UCLA. 

     

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  • Vince Vaughn | Grants for LA Conservancy, Pacific Film Archive, and UC Berkeley Film Archive 6 of 9
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    Vince Vaughn, whose wife had just given birth a few days earlier, accepted a $15,000 grant given to the University of California, Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive international filmmaker program, and a $35,000 grant for the Last Remaining Seats program at the Los Angeles Conservancy.

     

    Vince was also surprised with a video camera from HFPA President Theo Kingma with the instructions, "Once you come home you can start documenting the most important film of your life… without Owen Wilson." It was a sweet tribute to Vince's new little one.

  • Vin Diesel | Grant for Sundance Institute 7 of 9
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    The Sundance Institute was given a grant of $100,000, and Vin Diesel was on-hand to accept the grant. In an emotional speech, he told the audience that Strays, the first film he was a part of — a film he wrote and directed — was accepted into Sundance in 1997. Vin said while at Sundance he, "felt a sense of validation I never felt before. It's the only reason why I have the luxury to stand before all of you," he said. "Otherwise, I'd still be a bouncer in New York."

     

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  • Blair Underwood | Grant for FilmAid International 8 of 9
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    Blair Underwood and Julie Delpy took to the stage to accept the $50,000 grant to FilmAid, one of the most amazing world organizations. According to their website, "FilmAid produces and distributes community-based films on critical public health and safety issues such as maternal health, HIV, cholera, gender-based violence, conflict resolution, and more."

     

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  • Jonah Hill | Grant for American Cinematheque and More 9 of 9
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    Jonah accepted the grant awards for many organizations and centers. He accepted on behalf of American Cinematheque, International Documentary Association, Latin American Cinematica of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Levantine Cultural Center. The actor also brought some comic relief to the event by making many quips about errors in the teleprompter. 

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

Watch video of stars arriving at the HFPA event:

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