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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual Grants Banquet had just as much energy as you’d expect an evening set to gift nearly $2.4 million to non-profit organizations and scholarship programs, and host Jamie Lee Curtis made sure the night kept its tempo.

“This right here is my favorite party of the year. The kind of party where they invite you, feed you and give away $2 million,” Curtis said, filling the ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills with laughter throughout Thursday night.

Feeding on that energy, the candid Hillary Clinton supporter switched the focus to the presidential race stating, “This [banquet] is the greatest example of the global us, the diversity, the very thing we are talking about in the election.”

“Get some skin in the game,” she said. “We owe this country something. Whoever you’re for, whatever party you’re with, do something. Get out there and knock on doors and participate in the process.”

Following in its tradition, HFPA gifted several organizations, including FilmAid, Cal State, GlobalGirl Media, and Ghetto Film School, grants to further their efforts to help children around the world.

Stars, including Nate Parker, Justin Timberlake, and Mel Gibson, presented grants throughout the night and accepted them on behalf of the recipients.

“Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez gave an emotional impromptu speech while acknowledging Chicago-based school Curie Metropolitan High.

“I grew up in the south side of Chicago where the idea of opportunity was limited,” Rodriguez said. “I feel blessed to be standing in front of you to know many women where I’m from don’t have the opportunity. Giving back to a school in Chicago is a blessing and I’m thankful to HFPA for letting me be a part of this grant.”

HFPA President Lorenzo Soria wrapped up the night with a few thank you messages with Curtis by his side.

Following is a complete list of HFPA’s grants:

HIGHER EDUCATION FELLOWSHIPS & INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT

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

·         Cal State Fullerton – $25,500

·         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

 

HFPA SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP ENDOWMENTS

·         American Film Institute – $20,000

·         CalArts – $12,500

·         Cal State Fullerton – $5,000

·         Cal State Long Beach – $5,000

·         Cal State Los Angeles – $2,550

·         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

 

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & MENTORING

·         American Film Institute – $30,000

·         Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment – $15,000

·         Exceptional Minds – $25,000

·         Film Independent, Project: Involve – $60,000

·         Independent Filmmaker Project (Brooklyn, NY) – $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 – $10,000

·         Sundance Institute – $100,000

·         Women Make Movies – $10,000

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & EDUCATION

·         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

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

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

·         The Music Center – $5,000

 

PRESERVE THE CULTURE & HISTORY OF FILM

·         Film Noir Foundation – $25,000

·         Outfest (UCLA LGBT project) – $35,000

·         The Film Foundation – $350,000

·         Toronto International Film Festival – $15,000

 

PROMOTE CULTURAL EXCHANGE THROUGH FILM

·         American Cinematheque – $45,000

·         Film Independent at LACMA, Bring the Noise – $125,000

·         FilmAid International – $60,000

·         Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles – $15,000

·         Library Foundation of Los Angeles – $10,000

·         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

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

·         Children’s Hospital – $25,000

·         Ensemble Studio Theatre – $15,000

·         Gingold Theatre Group/Shaw Festival – $10,000

·         Lollipop Theater Network – $20,000

·         Pablove Foundation – $10,000

·         Young Musicians Foundation – $10,000

·         Young Storytellers Foundation – $10,000

 

ONE TIME GRANTS

Higher Education: Fellowships & Institutional Support

·         Cal State Fullerton – $50,000

·         Cal State Long Beach – $40,000

·         Cal State Los Angeles – $50,000

·         Mount San Antonio College – $30,000

Other Grantees

·         Los Angeles County High School for the Arts – $41,466

·         Motion Picture and Television Fund – $47,665

 

2016 GRANTS FOR NEW GRANTEES

·         Kids in the Spotlight – $10,000

·         Hollywood Heritage Museum – $10,000