It’s been the most challenging year on record for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — well, if you don’t count 1982’s uproar over naming Pia Zadora best “New Star Of The Year” — that saw the cancellation of its Golden Globe Awards dinner because of the Writers Guild strike. So Jorge Camara should take some small comfort in knowing that he was re-elected today HFPA president for the year 2008-2009 at the organization’s annual election meeting. A member of the association for 43 years, Camara is serving his sixth term and covers entertainment (print and television) for Mexico and Latin America. Mike Goodridge was re-elected vice president. Serge Rakhlin and Meher Tatna were re-elected executive secretary and treasurer, respectively. The new Board of Directors is comprised of Mahfouz Doss (re-elected chairman), Erkki Kanto, Lilly Lui, Paz Mata, Frances Schoenberger, and Armando Gallo (alternate). The annual HFPA Installation Luncheon to honor the officers and directors will be held later this summer, when the association makes its annual donations to non-profit organizations and film schools. Now, if only the HFPA would focus on cleaning up its membership policies to allow real Hollywood foreign press into its pathetically faux organization.
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