HFPA Grants Banquet 2019

On July 31, Arnold Schwarzenegger hosted an annual Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grants Banquet at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California. The HFPA, the organization of Los Angeles-based journalists for international media outlets that is best known for putting on the annual Golden Globe Awards, gave away $3.8 million in scholarships and grants to 74 entertainment-related nonprofits […].

“JoJo Rabbit” helmer Taika Waititi unveiled the HFPA’s grant to AFI’s directing workshop for women, as “9 percent of directors are women and less than 30 percent of major roles go to women.” As the father of two daughters “who might want to follow in dad’s footsteps,” Waititi noted that “the statistics don’t look too good.” The Thor vet called out an audience member who got up from her seat as he mentioned AFI’s state-of-the-art equipment: “Where are you going? This just gets better. Nope, you’re just gonna keep going. We can wait.”The Hollywood Reporter

Watch below an excerpt from the Banquet with Taika presenting the grant and stuffing up the reading from the teleprompter along the way in a very entertaining manner.

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