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Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new Golden Globe Ambassador.
On Wednesday evening, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that Idris Elba‘s daughter Isan Elba will serve as Golden Globe Ambassador 2019.
“I feel honored to hold this title and use this role to not only further educate people on the work of the HFPA, but also shine a light on issues that I care about,” the 16-year-old shared in a press release. “Mental health, specifically among African Americans and my peers in particular, is something I really want to be more vocal about. There’s this perceived stigma and I’ve seen friends struggle. We need to empower young people to not be afraid to ask for help.”
Earlier in the week, it was announced that the annual party that usually including the big reveal was cancelled after the recent tragedies in California.
“Due to the recent mass shooting and wildfires that are currently taking place in California, the HFPA has decided to cancel the annual Golden Globe Awards season kick-off party tomorrow evening, and instead will be making donations to organizations helping the victims and first responders,” the HFPA said Tuesday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Just last year, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s daughter Simone Garcia Johnson was named Golden Globe Ambassador. Corinne Foxx, Francesca Eastwood, Greer Grammer and Rumer Willis have also received the special honor.
As many may recall, the title was previously changed from Miss Golden Globe to Golden Globe Ambassador.
“As we look forward to the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association members decided to expand this role to embody the HFPA’s philanthropic efforts year round,” HFPA president Meher Tatna said in a previous statement. “The honoree will now be referred to as the Golden Globe Ambassador, and we could not think of a better representative than Simone to carry on this tradition, as her values closely reflect everything that HFPA stands for.”
What won’t change is Isan’s role of assisting with ushering presenters on and off stage and handing out awards at the 2019 Golden Globes.
The 2019 Golden Globes is expected to air January 6, 2019 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with nominations set to be announced December 6.