Monday, June 17, 2024

Golden Globes Group Donates $2.8 Mil to Charities, Chelsea Handler Jokes “Money Goes to Anthony Scaramucci’s 401K”


The always-quippy and clever Chelsea Handler hosted tonight’s Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire. She was a terrific host starting the evening by saying, “I’m going to remain completely non-partisan. So lets celebrate the 3 things Donald Trump hates most, foreigners, the press and donating money to charity.” She pointed out the group’s philanthropy as “something we need to hold steadfast to.” She then told the industry and celeb filled crowd that the $2.8 million dollars would go to worthy charities and to “Anthony Scaramucci’s 401 K.” She added, “make sure to tip him when he brings you your car at the valet.”

New HFPA President Meher Tatna then introduced Dustin Hoffman. Chelsea couldn’t help herself and whispered in his ear, “see you upstairs. 1025 that’s my room.” Dustin joked, “you gotta like how she set the tone for the evening.’ Hoffman recounted his long past with the HFPA. “It was 1967, there were maybe 20 of them. I was best newcomer. It was at the Coconut Grove. I saw John Wayne and Sally Kellerman, I think she was doing ‘The Flying Nun,’ then.” PMK powerhouse PR person Heidi Schaeffer, along with others, gently corrected him and said, “Sally Field,” a longtime client of Schaeffer’s. Dustin gave his mea culpa in his trademark smile as he told the crowd to look at the screen for the upcoming video, which he did and briefly saw himself up there. “That’s me? I’m not that old. Maybe a little work on the chin now?”

Director Ava Duvernay followed along with other presenters including Robert Pattinson, Bob Odenkirk, Alison Brie, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Matt Bomer, Anthony Mackie, Aja Naomi King, Kathryn Hahn, Kumail Nanjiani Chadwick Boseman, Patrick Stewart, Elizabeth Moss, Chrissy Metz, Katherine Langford, Dylan Minnette and Stan Lee whom the crowd was thrilled to see. Tony nominee Keala Settle sang “The Greatest Love Of All, “ beautifully. Other celebs were Ali Fazal, who’s supposed to be award worthy terrific in the upcoming Focus Feature, “Victoria & Abdul,” opposite Dame Judi Dench no less, Jon Voight who hung out with his “Midnight Cowboy,” co-star Hoffman, Zoe-Lister Jones and Jenny Slate.

Chelsea then ended the night pride fully saying to the grateful crowd, “two-point eight million dollars distributed to over 55 charities in just under 2 hours. I told you I would get you out of here by 9 pm!”

Below is the full list of grants.

A full list of the grants and scholarships follows:


California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) – $60,000

Cal State Fullerton – $60,000

Cal State Long Beach – $60,000

Cal State Los Angeles – $60,000

Cal State Northridge – $60,000

Columbia University – $60,000

Los Angeles City College – $25,000

Mt. San Antonio College Foundation – $10,000

New York University – $50,000

University of California, Los Angeles – $125,000


American Film Institute – $20,000

CalArts – $12,500

Cal State Fullerton – $5,000

Cal State Long Beach – $5,000

Cal State Los Angeles – $2,650

Cal State Northridge – $5,000

Columbia University – $20,000

Los Angeles City College – $4,000

Loyola Marymount – $20,000

Mt. San Antonio College Foundation – $5,000

New York University – $20,000

UCLA – $20,000

University of North Carolina – $5,000

University of Southern California – $20,000


American Film Institute – $40,000

Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment – $15,000

Exceptional Minds – $25,000

Film Independent, Project: Involve – $60,000

Independent Filmmaker Project (Brooklyn) – $20,000

International Documentary Association – $10,000

Motion Picture & Television Fund – $10,000

New Filmmakers Los Angeles – $10,000

SAG-AFTRA Foundation – $10,000

Streetlights – $15,000

Sundance Institute – $125,000

Women Make Movies – $10,000


California State Summer School Arts Foundation – $25,000

Echo Park Film Center – $10,000

Ghetto Film School – $30,000

GlobalGirl Media – $10,000

Inner-City Arts (Downtown LA) – $30,000

Inner City Filmmakers (Santa Monica) – $30,000

Kids in the Spotlight – $10,000

LAUSD/USC Arts & Engineering Magnet – $25,000

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts – $25,000

The Music Center – $5,000


Film Noir – $25,000

Outfest (UCLA LGBT project) – $35,000

The Film Foundation – $350,000

Toronto International Film Festival – $15,000


American Cinematheque – $45,000

Film Independent/LACMA Series – $125,000

FilmAid International – $100,000

Hollywood Heritage Museum – $10,000

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles – $15,000

Library Foundation of Los Angeles – $20,000

Los Angeles Conservancy, Last Remaining Seats – $35,000

Museum of the Moving Image – $10,000

San Francisco Silent Film Festival – $10,000

University of California, Berkeley Film Archive – $20,000

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (Ebertfest) – $10,000


Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – $25,000

Ensemble Studio Theatre – $15,000

Gingold Theatre Group/Shaw Festival – $10,000

Lollipop Theater Network – $20,000

Pablove Foundation – $20,000

Young Musicians Foundation – $10,000

Young Storytellers Foundation – $10,000


Los Angeles LGBT Center – $10,000

Santa Monica College – $30,000

The Moth – $70,000

Veterans in Film & Television – $10,000

Zimmer Children’s Museum – $10,000


CalArts – $31,104

Cal State Long Beach – $30,000

Cal State Los Angeles – $30,000

Echo Park Film Center – $50,000

Film Independent, Project Involve – $40,000

Motion Picture and Television Fund – $50,000

Mount San Antonio College – $30,000

Leah Sydney
Leah Sydney
Leah Sydney writes from Los Angeles for A seasoned journalist with a long history during the halcyon days of the NY Daily News, Leah is a member of the Critics Choice and Rotten Tomatoes.

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