Vanessa Hudgens receives $100K HFPA donation; Golden Globe noms behind the scenes

[caption id="attachment_62598" align="alignright" width="300"] FIL-AM ACTRESS Vanessa Hudgens (second from left) with HFPA president Theo Kingma (far right) and HFPA members Ruben and Janet Nepales (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)[/caption] Los Angeles– Fil-Am actress Vanessa Hudgens received the $100,000 donation of our organization, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), on behalf of UNICEF Philippines at the HFPA office in Beverly Hills to aid in the relief efforts to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). This donation will help in the short and long-term recovery programs for the children affected by the recent typhoon, which displaced over three million and killed more than 6,000 people in the Visayan region. The 24-year-old actress, known for her Gabriella Montez role in the “High School Musical” film series, received the check from HFPA President Theo Kingma, my husband Ruben and me on behalf of the members. “The residents of the Philippines have suffered through a horrible tragedy, and the HFPA, which has always supported charitable causes, is happy to donate the sum of $100,000 to assist in the efforts to bring aid to the devastated areas,” said Theo. Vanessa, whose parents are Filipina Gina Guangco Hudgens and American firefighter Gregory Hudgens, revealed that she would love to visit the Philippines “to help in the relief efforts as well.” It was a perfect timing for the Salinas, California-born actress since she recently got involved with UNICEF. “I would love to help children all over the world get proper healthcare and education and my heart goes out to the children of the Philippines who have suffered during the recent typhoon,” she said. Vanessa will soon be seen in the Ronald Krauss-directed movie “Gimme Shelter,” which is set for release on Jan. 24, 2014. • • • Before Vanessa arrived at our office, we were at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at the crack of dawn for the announcement of the 71st annual Golden Globes nominations. HFPA President Theo Kingma was assisted in the said event by Olivia Wilde (“Tron”), Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) and Zoe Saldana (“Avatar”). Miss Golden Globe Sosie Bacon, the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, also graced the occasion. Olivia was blooming in her black gown that already revealed a bit of a baby bump. She became engaged to actor Jason Sudeikis last January, and announced that they are expecting their first child in October. Aziz was thrilled to be doing the announcement with the two lovely ladies. Infusing humor into the proceedings, the comedian exaggerated his pronunciation of “Osage” in the movie “August: Osage County” when he read the nominations for Meryl Streep for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical, and for Julia Roberts for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. “12 Years A Slave” and “American Hustle” led the pack with seven nominations each. “Nebraska” followed with five; “Captain Phillips” and “Gravity” with four; and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Philomena,” and “Her” with three each. For television, “Behind the Candelabra” and “House of Cards” led the TV series group with four nominations each. Closely following behind them were “Breaking Bad,” “Dancing on the Edge,” “The Good Wife,” and “The White Queen” with three each. The audience in the ballroom applauded the nomination of “Rush” for Best Motion Picture-Drama category together with “12 Years A Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” and “Philomena.” Some of the favorites, based on the audience reaction, were Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, as well as Greta Gerwig (“Frances Ha”) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical. Oscar Isaac of “Inside Llewyn Davis” (nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical) as well as Jared Leto of “Dallas Buyers Club” (nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture) also received their share of screams of delight inside the ballroom. While we were disappointed the two Philippine entries – Brillante Mendoza’s “Transit” and Hannah Espia’s “Thy Womb – did not make the magic five, we were proud of these two critically-acclaimed films. The five films that made it were “Blue is the Warmest Color” from France, “The Great Beauty” from Italy, “The Hunt” from Denmark, “The Past” from Iran, and “The Wind Rises” from Japan. We were also happy for Fil-Am Robert Lopez who co-wrote the song “Let It Go” (for “Frozen”), which got a nomination in the Best Original Song-Motion Picture category. Receiving double nominations in both film and TV were Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave” and “Dancing on the Edge”), Idris Elba (“Mandela: Lwng Walk to Freedom” and “Luther”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Enough Said” and “Veep”). The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who was nominated for “Parks and Recreation”) for the second year in a row, will air on Jan. 12, 2014 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Touted as the biggest party in Hollywood, the Golden Globe Awards will be seen in more than 192 countries and is produced by Dick Clark Productions, in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Vanessa Hudgens, Manila Bulletin, Theo Kingma
Vanessa Hudgens, Manila Bulletin, Theo Kingma