The money was pledged at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) annual luncheon on Thursday (9) in Beverly Hills.

The total sum comprises multiple grants to film schools and non-profit organisations.

“Thanks for the diligence of the members to produce a successful Golden Globes we are able to expand the philanthropy branch of the Association,” HFPA president Aida Takla-O’Reilly said. “Over the past 18 years, we can proudly say our organisation has donated nearly 15 million dollars through our grants programme.”

Takla-O’Reilly also introduced the new HFPA officers and members of the board: Jorge Camara (vice president), Ali Sar (treasurer), Serge Rakhlin (executive secretary), Ruben Nepales (chairman), Helen Hoehne, Yukiko Nakajima, Lorenzo Soria, Yoram Kahana, and Dierk Sinderman (alternate).