HFPA grants $1.54 mil to schools, nonprofits

Film Foundation, UCLA, LACMA among recipients

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on Wednesday handed out a record $1.54 million in grants to 41 film schools and nonprofit organizations during its annual Installation Luncheon.

Eva Longoria Parker and HFPA president Philip Berk hosted the event at the Four Seasons. Three of the largest grants went to the Film Foundation ($350,000), UCLA ($110,000) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ($75,000).

The group, which also organizes the Golden Globe Awards, attracted a celebrity-filled roster, who accepted on behalf of the various beneficiaries.

Guests included current Emmy nominees Bryan Cranston, Jane Lynch, Matthew Fox and Jim Parsons, film stars Nicole Kidman and Annette Bening and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

Berk also used the occasion to introduce the HFPA officers who have been elected for the coming year -- Hans J. Spurkel, vp; Meher Tatna, executive secretary; and Jack Tewksbury, treasurer.

The HFPA's new board of directors consists of Ali Sar (chairman), Jorge Camara, Yoram Kahana, Theo Kingma, Lorenzo Soria and Ruben Nepales (alternate).
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