LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and former editor of the Italian news weekly L’Espresso, died on Friday, the association said. He was 68 years old.
Soria passed away peacefully at her Los Angeles home, the association said in a statement, praising her “generosity, passion” and sense of humor.
“He was deeply committed to the power of the film industry to heal the world and shine the spotlight on injustice,” said the group that awards the annual Golden Globes for excellence in television and film.
Born in Argentina, Soria grew up and worked in Italy for L’Espresso before moving to Los Angeles in 1982. Continuing to write for the weekly and for the daily La Stampa, he covered a wide variety of subjects, including politics and technology.
But his true love was to interview “Hollywood talent and report on trends and changes in the film and television industry,” the organization said.
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A member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association since 1989, he has been in administration for over 25 years. After serving twice as President, his current term began in 2019.
A memorial is planned, but details were not immediately available, said the group, which cited an unidentified member of the Soria family in the news of his death.
The Golden Globes ceremony, which usually takes place in early January, has been postponed to February 28, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are expected to host.
“There is no denying that Tina and Amy’s comedic chemistry is contagious,” Soria said in a statement. “We can’t wait to see the dynamic duo return to the Golden Globes stage.”
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