- Title: USA: Golden Globes reach out to Haitian victims
- Date: 18th January 2010
- Summary: BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 15, 2010) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) VARIOUS OUTSIDE THE BEVERLY HILTON VARIOUS INSIDE THE BEVERLY HILTON INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHILIP BERK, PRESIDENT OF HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION, SAYING: "This year we have probably the best array of presenters in the history of the Golden Globes. We have an ecclectic list of people starting with, especially for you foreign audiences, the magnificent Sophia Loren. She represents the pinnacle of the old Hollywood, the glamour, the mystique that we don't have today. And the other end of the spectrum, we have Taylor Lautner, who's the young kid on the block. In between we have Julia Roberts, we have Cameron Diaz, we have Tom Hanks and then we have all current TV stars. So this is really a phenomenal mix of the greats in Hollywood." VARIOUS OF CREW SETTING UP IN BEVERLY HILLS HILTON (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHILIP BERK, PRESIDENT OF HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION, SAYING: "Of course we have recognized the fact that people are suffering and the Hollywood Foreign Press has spontaneously without any connection to the show have donated $100,000 dollars to the relief in Haiti, Wyclef Jean, we sent him the check. So everything looks favorable for us."
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- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
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- Story Text: Preparations continued Friday (January 15) at the Beverly Hills Hilton for Sunday's 67th annual Golden Globes, one of Hollywood's biggest nights. While the recent earthquake in Haiti threatened the celebratory mood, organizers say that show will go on as planned, and will in fact be in part a tribute to the tragic events. "Of course we have recognized the fact that people are suffering and the Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA) has spontaneously without any connection to the show have donated 100,000 dollars (USD) to the relief in Haiti, Wyclef Jean, we sent him the check. So everything looks favorable for us," said Philip Berk, President of the HFPA, the group behind the awards. In mentioning Wyclef Jean, Berk was referring to the Haitian leader of the former hip hop group the Fugees, and his charitable organization, Yï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½le Haiti.
Among the major films nominated are the epic James Cameron 3-D sci-fi flick "Avatar," World War II Quentin Tarantino sendup "Inglorious Bastards," and the high-flying George Clooney romance "Up In The Air," which leads with six nominations. In addition to film, the awards also honor television in a number of categories.
Celebrities will need to keep on their toes for the event with host Ricky Gervais warning the stars to prepare for a roast at the black-tie gala. This is the first time in fourteen years that the Globes are using a host and the British comic and co-creator of the Globes nominated, 'The Office', said half the fun of the job is not knowing what's going to happen.
"I don't know what the Golden Globes were thinking. They haven't had a host in over hundred years, but they thought they'd take a chance. Who knows? I don't know. That's the fun of it, isn't it. I like doing things where I don't know if it's going to enhance my career or end it."
Given the origin of the HFPA and the less than transparent voting protocol of the 83 members, celebrities appear more carefree on the red carpet and during the telecast ceremony than at the more stolid Oscars and are said to freely partake of the food and drink served while the awards are read out.
The Golden Globes will be broadcast live on Sunday evening, January 17th, and will set expectations for the rest of the awards season, culminating in the Oscars on March 7.
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