This week, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced that Chelsea Handler will host the HFPA’s Annual Grants Banquet. The event will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on August 2. Presenters will include Anthony Mackie, Armie Hammer, Ava DuVernay, Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Odenkirk, Chadwick Boseman, Chrissy Metz, Dylan Minnette, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford, Kathryn Hahn, Kumail Nanjiani, and Robert Pattinson. Tony Award nominee Keala Settle will give a special live performance.
“We are delighted to welcome Chelsea Handler as the host of this year’s annual Grants Banquet,” said HFPA President Meher Tatna. “Not only is she a wonderful comedian, but she’s also a socially conscious and outspoken activist. With her help, we will continue the HFPA’s mission of opening doors for underrepresented students, preserving the rich history of television and film, and ushering in the next generation of storytellers and artists.”
In a single evening, the HFPA will present more than $2.6 million in funds to nonprofit entertainment-related organizations and scholarship programs. For more than 25 years, the HFPA has committed nearly $30 million in grants, provided more than 1,500 scholarships and helped restore over 90 titles. The mission of the HFPA’s Charitable Trust is to foster education, diversity and creative expression in art and film through a variety of programs and special grants. Through the annual Grants Banquet, the HFPA will continue to provide funds and resources to institutions and people that need it most.
Currently Handler is hosting “Chelsea” on Netflix. On the series Chelsea Handler skewers trending topics, offering her up her popular wit and ruthless banter with guests. This year Handler traveled the globe, jumping from Russia, Japan, and Mexico City, and all across the U.S. and back again. The show often feature celebrities, dignitaries, and surprise guests engaging in thought-provoking, yet hilarious conversations about topics like international cultures, alternative lifestyles, education, health, sports, parenting, politics, and more.