- To recognize outstanding
achievements by conferring annual Awards of Merit, (Golden
Globe Awards), serving as a constant incentive within the
entertainment industry, both domestic and foreign, and to
focus wide public attention upon the best in motion pictures
- To contribute to other nonprofit
organizations connected with the entertainment industry and
involved in educational, cultural, and humanitarian
- To promote interest in the study of
the arts, including the development of talent in the
entertainment field through scholarships given to major
Here is a brief history of the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
The HFPA organization has its roots in
the early 1940s when Pearl Harbor had drawn America into
World War II. Audiences, hungry for diversion, were seeking
out films offering escape, inspiration and entertainment;
and filmmakers such as Orson Welles, Preston Sturges, Darryl
Zanuck and Michael Curtiz were working hard to fulfill the
need. Amid the turmoil of war and the difficulties with
communications, a handful of Los Angeles-based overseas
journalists banded together to share contacts, information
and material. The idea was not a new one: previously, in
1928 the Hollywood Association of Foreign Correspondents (HAFCO)
had been formed and, in 1935, the Foreign Press Society
appeared. Both were short-lived, although the HAFCO had a
brief moment in the spotlight when Charlie Chaplin, Mary
Pickford and other celebrities showed up at an International
Ball the group organized at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
In 1943 the journalists, led by the correspondent for
Britain's Daily Mail, formed the Hollywood
Foreign Correspondents Association and conceived the motto
Unity Without Discrimination of Religion or Race. It was
an uphill struggle at first as the film industry had not yet
realized the importance of foreign markets. At first the
members held informal gatherings in private homes. As the
membership grew, HFPA meetings were held in larger quarters,
with the association selecting the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
as the location for group functions.
The group's first special event was a luncheon in December
1947, at which a meritorious plaque was awarded to Henry M.
Warner, president of Warner Bros., in recognition of his
humanitarian work as the principal sponsor of the
Friendship Train, which left Hollywood with food, clothing
and medical supplies for the needy of Europe.
As representatives of the world press, the group's members
felt it was incumbent upon them to give their audience their
judgments as to Hollywood's finest productions. The
organization's first awards presentation for distinguished
achievements in the film industry took place in early 1944
with an informal ceremony at 20th Century Fox. 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.
The following year, the members of the association held a
contest to find a design for a statuette that would best
represent the overall aims of the organization. Marina
Cisternas, president of the group in 1945-46, presented the
idea for a golden globe encircled with a strip of motion
picture film, and mounted on a pedestal.
In conjunction with the Golden Globes presentation, the
Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association held its first
gala social event in 1945 with a formal banquet at the
Beverly Hills Hotel. Going My Way won for Best Picture,
while Ingrid Bergman and Alexander Knox were named Best
Actress and Best Actor for their performances in The Bells
of St. Mary and President Wilson,
In 1950 differing philosophies among members created 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.
For a time, the two organizations existed side by side, with
one group handing out Golden Globes while the other awarded
Henriettas, named for their president, Henry Gris. The
separation ended in 1955 when the journalists reunited under
the collective title The Hollywood Foreign Press
with firm guidelines and requirements for
During its early years the HFPA
established itself with the studios by innovations such as
its World Favorites awards, which it came up with by polling
more than 900 newspapers, magazines and radio stations
around the world. Among those honored were Tony Curtis,
Marilyn Monroe and Leslie Caron. The group also came up with
the idea of "bon voyage" interview lunches with actors and
actresses who were leaving to make films in countries
represented by the members.
There have been other important landmarks in the history of
the Golden Globes. In 1951 the association decided 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.
The award's first recipient was
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
In 2007, The Golden Globes initiated the category Best Animated Feature Film
and the first year nominees
were Cars, Happy Feetand Monster House.
Above we have listed only a very small
portion of the achievements made by the the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association. Each year they continue to over
achieve expectations through their charitable giving and the
Golden Globes ceremonies.
In regard to fashion, the Golden Globe
Awards provides celebrities with an outlet to show off their
fashion sense. Or in some cases the lack of fashion sense.
The award ceremony is very closely watched by the fashion community. Fashion designers, fashion journalists, as well
as fashion blog writers, salivate anxiously awaiting the
arrival of the fashion celebrities. When all is said and
done and the dust begins to settle, we all are generally
satisfied by the star studded event. The following day, the
office is full of chit chatter. Did you see what she wore
to the Golden Globes?