Gaga, Berry, Blunt get per­sonal at Golden Globe grants event

The China Post - - ARTS -

Lady Gaga, Halle Berry and Emily Blunt en­livened the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual grants pre­sen­ta­tion with per­sonal rev­e­la­tions.

Gaga, Berry and Blunt were among dozens of celebri­ties ap­pear­ing at a pri­vate din­ner Thurs­day to read awk­wardly from a teleprompter about the non­profit arts or­ga­ni­za­tions ben­e­fit­ing this year from US$2 mil­lion in Golden Globe show spoils. The HFPA hosted a 90-minute star pa­rade at the Bev­erly Wil­shire Ho­tel, as one ac­tor af­ter the next came up to read about the 55 grant re­cip­i­ents.

The event isn’t tele­vised, so there’s room to go off script or use pro­fan­ity. The first pre­sen­ter, Jamie Lee Curtis, set the tone for the evening when she did both.

“If you want to have a party, and you want to give away US$2 mil­lion, Lady Gaga is go­ing to come to the (ex­ple­tive) party,” Curtis said.

Her an­nounce­ment prompted Gaga’s con­fes­sion.

“When Jamie Lee Curtis said my name, I snarfed an olive into my nose,” the singer said. “And a lit­tle, tiny piece of it is still there.”

Berry apol­o­gized that she had trou­ble read­ing the teleprompter with­out her glasses, and re­vealed her age was to blame. “I’m 49 to­mor­row,” she said. When Blunt and del Toro missed their cue to take the stage, Jane Fonda got laughs with her ad-lib.

“You know Beni­cio, he does seem a lit­tle bit un­re­li­able, doesn’t he?” Fonda said. “You look into his eyes — re­ally in­ter­est­ing, maybe not so re­li­able. But Emily Blunt, you would think she’d show up on time, right?

“I don’t think they’re off mak­ing out some­where,” Fonda con­tin­ued. “This is re­ally funny! I have no idea where they are.”

When the two stars made

it to the stage, Blunt con­fessed that she couldn’t see the teleprompter at the back of the room and re­peat­edly asked del Toro for his help.

“I’m amazed how blind I am,” she said. “It’s a bit up­set­ting.”

The HFPA has long shared a por­tion of its awards-show earn­ings with schools, arts or­ga­ni­za­tions and film restora­tion projects, and stars of­ten un­con­nected with those groups ac­cept the grants on their be­half. The HFPA has do­nated more than US$23 mil­lion to date, in­clud­ing US$2 mil­lion for a new media arts cen­ter at Los An­ge­les City Col­lege.

Other re­cip­i­ents this year in­clude the Sun­dance In­sti­tute, Ghetto Film School, Ebert Fest, the Film Foun­da­tion, Los An­ge­les Con­ser­vancy and In­ner City Arts.

Bryan Cranston, Al­li­son Jan­ney, Jon Hamm, El­iz­a­beth Banks, Jake Gyl­len­haal, Ice Cube, An­drew Garfield, Sarah Silverman, Amer­ica Fer­rera, Joe Man­ganiello and Jason Isaacs were among the stars ac­cept­ing the grants.

Isaacs joked that he mis­un­der­stood when he ini­tially got a phone call from the HFPA ask­ing him to give money.


Emily Blunt, left, and Beni­cio del Toro ac­cept grants on be­half of the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute, Cine­math­eque, the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los An­ge­les and New York Univer­sity at The Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion’s An­nual Grants Ban­quet at the Bev­erly Wil­shire ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia on Thurs­day, Aug. 13.

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