Opportunities arise from each Golden Globes ceremony…

Did you know that the annual Golden Globes Awards Ceremony raises and donates funds to entertainment-related charities, as well as funding scholarships and other programs for future film and television professionals? Over the past fifteen years, they’ve raised over $10.5 million.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association originated in the early 1940s when a handful of LA-based overseas journalists banded together to share contacts, information and material to help efficiently and accurately cover all aspects of the world of entertainment. Early 1944 marked the organization’s first awards presentation for distinguished achievements in the film industry with an informal ceremony at 20th Century Fox. Since the creation of the Golden Globe award in 1945, other important landmarks in the history of the Golden Globes include the decision in 1951 to divide the best film, actor and actress nominees into two categories — drama, and musical or comedy — so that no genre would be slighted. In 1952, the HFPA created the Cecil B. DeMille Award to recognize “outstanding contribution to the entertainment field” which bestowed the first owner on DeMille himself. In 1955 the Golden Globes began honoring achievements in television as well as in film. The first honorees in the Best Television Show category that year were “Dinah Shore,” “Lucy & Desi,”  “The American Comedy” and “Davy Crockett.” In 2007, The Golden Globes initiated the category “Best Animated Feature Film” and the first year nominees were “Cars,” “Happy Feet” and “Monster House.” Sunday’s ceremony will include 25 categories; 14 in motion pictures and 11 in television.

In its’ 66th year, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association represent over 55 countries with a combined readership of more than 250 million in publications that include leading newspapers and magazines in Europe, Asia, Australasia and Latin America, ranging from the Daily Telegraph in England to Le Figaro in France, L’Espresso in Italy and Vogue in Germany as well as the China Times and the pan-Arabic magazine Kul Al Osra. Their mission continues to be to establish favorable relations and cultural ties between foreign countries and the United States of America through their extensive media outlets; to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of entertainment;  to give to those organizations connected to the industry & to continue to promote the study of arts through scholarships in the field.

While the awards themselves have become the focal point of the World of excited viewers and of course one of the top 3 awards shows to watch, I think it’s important to know and keep in mind the very philanthropic opportunity that the Golden Globes also brings to many each year. To me, the best part of ecotaining is the leave behind…a happy memory, new knowledge, a donation perhaps, an action item, a new contact and sometimes even a new outlook. In a time of economic and ecologic crisis…we should all party with a purpose.

 For more on the history of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation, their philanthropic work and the Golden Globes themselves, please visit: http://www.goldenglobes.org/about/

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