Golden Globes group to air starry dinner online

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The organization behind the Golden Globes hosted another star-studded, Champagne-soaked dinner – this time for online broadcast.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarded its annual grants to nonprofit arts groups at a dinner ceremony Thursday that streamed live on its website,

Though scores of stars regularly help with the annual grant presentation, the private dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel focused on the nonprofit recipients, said HFPA President Theo Kingma.

“The fact we are able to give almost $2 million has to do with the success of the Golden Globes,” he said. “But the focus here is on the 49 recipients and the beautiful work they do.”

The international journalists’ group has long shared a portion of its awards-show earnings through grants and scholarships presented at a starry private luncheon. This was the first time the presentation took place over dinner.

“The main motivation behind it is to make it an even more special event,” Kingma said. He said the grant ceremony – which was first streamed online during last year’s luncheon – could eventually be televised.

A dinner ceremony allows more people to attend or tune in online, and it offers more opportunity for music presentations.