Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is a non-profit organization of journalists[1] and photographers who report on the entertainment industry activity and interests in the United States for media (newspaper,[2] magazine and book publication, television and radio broadcasting) predominantly outside the U.S. The HFPA consists of about 90 members from approximately 55 countries with a combined following of more than 250 million.[3] It conducts the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles every January, which honors notable examples of film and television and achievements in entertainment businesses.[4][1]

Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Formation1943 (1943)
  • United States
Key people
Ali Sar (president)


Hollywood Foreign Press Association building facade in West Hollywood, Ca.

The association was founded in 1943,[5] by Los Angeles-based foreign journalists who wanted a more organized distributing process of cinema news to non-U.S. markets.[5][6]

The first Golden Globes awardees were for the cinema industry in early 1944 with a ceremony at 20th Century Fox.[7] There, Jennifer Jones was awarded Best Actress honors for The Song of Bernadette which also won for Best Film, while Paul Lukas took home Best Actor laurels for Watch on the Rhine. Awards were presented in the form of scrolls.[8]

The following year members came up with the idea of presenting winners with a golden globe encircled with a strip of motion picture film and mounted on a pedestal.[9]

In 1950, differing philosophies among members caused a schism within the organization, resulting in a split into two separate groups: The Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association and the Foreign Press Association of Hollywood. The separation ended in 1955 when the journalists reunited under the collective title The Hollywood Foreign Press Association with firm guidelines and requirements for membership.[10]

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.[11]

Membership criteria

Membership meetings are held monthly, and the officers and directors are elected annually. A maximum of five journalists can be admitted to the organization each year.[12] To retain "Active" status, each member must be currently accredited by the Motion Picture Association of America and must submit clippings of their work every year to renew their active status or be reassigned to a non-voting affiliate status.[13]

Requirements for active membership include primary residence in Southern California, attendance in at least four monthly general membership meetings and a minimum of four published articles or photographs per year outside the US. The HFPA does not release a list of acceptable publications for those articles but they are not restricted to popular, mainstream ones.[14]

In February 2021, the Los Angeles Times reported that none of the association's members was black.[15]

Lorenzo Soria was elected President of Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 2019.[16] Soria later died on August 7, 2020.[17][18] Ali Sar was named a president in his succession.[19][20]


The HFPA is a nonprofit organization that donates funds to entertainment-related charities. The Golden Globe Awards brings in about $10 million from its television broadcast each year. The HFPA hosts an annual grants banquet to distribute funds; $2.1 million was donated to nonprofits in 2015.[21] According to the HFPA, since 1990 more than $23.9 million was donated to charity up to 2015 and used to fund scholarships and grants.[22]

Funds have also been used to restore more than 90 films, including King Kong (1933) and Woman on the Run (1950).[21]

HFPA Residency

As of 2018, the HFPA announced its residency program in partnership with Film Independent. The program selects three winners from the Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti section and three participants from Toronto International Film Festival to Los Angeles for an intensive workshop.[23]

The 2019 residency fellows include Emir Baigazin, Mahmut F. Coskun, Georgia Fu, Maria Bozzi, Avril Z. Speaks, Rati Tsiteladze, Cynthia Kao.[24][25]

The 2020 residency program winners were TIFF participants: All These Creatures by Australian Charles Williams, Misterio by Chema Garcia from Spain, and Measure by Canadian director Karen Chapman. This is in addition to Venice winners: Atlantis, by Ukrainian Valentyn Vasyanovych, Blanco en Blanco by Spaniard Théo Court and Filipino Raymund Ribay Gutierrez.[26]

The 2021 residency program winners were TIFF participants: Hair: The Story of Grass, Maha Al–Saati's, Jeff Wong's H’mong Sisters, and Matria by Alvaro Gago Diaz. This is in addition to the Venice winners in the Orizzonti section: Best Film - Dashte Kamoush (The Wasteland), by Ahmad Kahrimi;  Lahi, Hayop (Genus Pan), Lav Diaz Best Director, and Special Jury Prize Listen, by Ana Rocha de Sousa.[27]


According to The Times “The HFPA does not publicly list its members but some details of its workings have emerged. It includes no black people but does feature a former Miss Universe, a Russian bodybuilder turned filmmaker and a Finn who has two books and a DVD on the Chinese art of face-reading.” A lawsuit by two journalists accuses the organisers of operating as a corrupt and secretive “cartel”.[28]


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  15. "Who really gives out the Golden Globes? A tiny group full of quirky characters — and no Black members". Los Angeles Times. February 21, 2021. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
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  18. VanDenburgh, Barbara (August 7, 2020). "Lorenzo Soria, president of Golden Globes group, dies at 68". USA Today. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  19. Saperstein, Pat (August 14, 2020). "HFPA Names Ali Sar as President After Lorenzo Soria's Death". Variety. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  20. Hipes, Patrick (August 14, 2020). "Hollywood Foreign Press Appoints Ali Sar President After Lorenzo Soria's Death". Deadline. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  21. Kilday, Gregg (August 13, 2015). "Hollywood Foreign Press Hands Out More Than $2M in Grants". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
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  23. "The HFPA Celebrates the 75th Venice Film Festival". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
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  25. "First HFPA Residency Fellows Get Down to Business". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  26. "HFPA 2020 Residency Fellows Announced". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  27. "2021 HFPA Residency Fellows Announced". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  28. Stage set for 78th Golden Globes, and legal drama over powerful clique The Times 27-Feb-2021
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