BEVERLY HILLS—The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which presents the annual Golden Globes Awards, awarded $2.8 million in grants to 55 film schools and arts organizations at its annual Grants Banquet on Wednesday, August 2.
Comedian and writer Chelsea Handler hosted the event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where proceeds from the Golden Globe Awards ceremony were shared with various organizations. HFPA president Meher Tatna kicked off the ceremony with a speech about the organization’s relationship with the International Rescue Committee, which received a $500,000 donation at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Dustin Hoffman, Patrick Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Ava DuVernay, Elizabeth Moss, Chrissy Metz, Bob Odenkirk, Anthony Mackie and Mark Hamill were among the celebrities to present the charities benefiting from the HFPA grants.
Pattinson announced a $200,000 grant to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which actress Meryl Streep mentioned in her Golden Globes speech in January. Hoffman stepped forward to announce a $350,000 grant to The Film Foundation, a film preservation and restoration effort founded by Martin Scorsese.
Stewart, who presented a grant to Film Aid, which uses media to help refugee communities, said he was unaware of the HFPA’s philanthropy until he was asked to present at the event. Stan Lee appeared alongside “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman to accept a grant on behalf of the California Institute of the Arts and present a video about how the funds would support aspiring filmmakers.
Other presenters included Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette of “13 Reasons Why,” Armie Hammer, Matt Bomer, Kathryn Hahn, Aja Naomi King, and Alison Brie. As a part of the event, Broadway star and Tony nominee Keala Settle performed “The Greatest Love of All.”
Over the past 25 years, the HFPA has given nearly $30 million in grants, provided more than 1,500 scholarships, and helped restore over 90 films. The organization’s Charitable Trust fosters education, diversity, and creative expression in art and film, through diverse programs and grants.
Other beneficiaries of HFPA grants include the Lollipop Theater Network, Global Girl Media, Ghetto Film School, Inner City Arts, SAG-AFTRA Foundation, American Film Institute, and the Sundance Institute.