Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. President Lorenzo Soria dies

Hollywood International Push Assn. President Lorenzo Soria, who oversaw the firm that places on the once-a-year Golden World Awards, has died.

Soria died Friday at his home in Los Angeles, in accordance to a family members member. No induce of loss of life was offered. He was 68.

In June 2019, Soria was elected president of the HFPA, a group of about ninety intercontinental journalists primarily based in L.A. who address the leisure business for a variety of publications close to the entire world. Despite its fairly tiny measurement, the group, established in 1943, retains substantial sway for the duration of awards period by mounting the Golden World Awards. Soria, who was re-elected in June, had formerly served as president of the firm from 2003 to 2005 and from 2015 to 2017.

“His passing is a deep loss for us and for all who realized him and who have been blessed by his generosity, passion and feeling of humor,” Soria’s family members said in a assertion. “He was deeply dedicated to the film industry’s energy to heal the entire world and shine a spotlight on injustice.”

Born in Argentina and raised in Italy, Soria moved to L.A. in 1982, in which he lined Hollywood as nicely as politics, technologies and other subjects for the Italian publications L’Espresso and La Stampa. He became a member of the HFPA in 1989 and served in the administration for far more than 25 yrs.

Through Soria’s most latest term as president, the HFPA drew some hearth for the deficiency of any woman nominees amid this year’s picks in the greatest director group. In an interview with Variety, Soria defended the group, indicating, “What transpired is that we never vote by gender. We vote by film and accomplishment.” The HFPA is facing a lawsuit from a Norwegian journalist who has accused the firm of monopolizing the overseas leisure reporting industry.

In a assertion, the HFPA said, “Lorenzo was a beloved member of the leisure marketplace and the Hollywood neighborhood and will be sorely skipped.”