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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Big Little Lies” were the top winners at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Both the darkly comic film and the HBO limited series ended the night with four wins a piece in their respective motion picture and television categories. The 75th awards kicked off with Seth Meyers tackling Hollywood’s sexual misconduct and gender inequality head on in an opening monologue that also included the host joking about a presidential run for Cecil B. DeMille Award honoree Oprah Winfrey. She answered the call with an acceptance speech that inspired others to seriously consider the possibility

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What is the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., anyway?

Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., at the Golden Globe Awards preview day on Jan. 4. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., at the Golden Globe Awards preview day on Jan. 4. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Even though the Golden Globes have been awarded since 1944, there are still plenty of people who don't know the first thing about the organization behind the scenes. 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is a group of around 90 international journalists based in Southern California who distribute news about television and film to publications around the world. 

According to its official website, the HFPA grew out of an earnest desire to report about the entertainment industry to the world at large. 

In addition to hosting and organizing the Golden Globes, HFPA also has an extensive history of philanthropy, with an eye toward the advancement and preservation of film culture. 

The group has distributed more than $29 million in grants and fellowships to film schools and nonprofit organizations during the last 31 years. 

That’s the scoop on the HFPA. Now go and win your office Golden Globes betting pool.

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