Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Lorenzo Soria doubles down on the association’s decision to present Meryl Streep with this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Streep, 67, arguably left the biggest mark on Sunday’s Golden Globes by addressing President-elect Donald Trump in her powerful acceptance speech. Despite creeping into the realm of politics, the HFPA emailed the Acadamy Award-winning actress on Tuesday evening to reaffirm how much they respect her.
“Dear Meryl,” the letter of admiration begins. “Congratulations once again on being the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient. We stand proudly behind our choice, and we applaud your 40 years of captivating work. You’re a class act, in and out of character,” Soria continues.
Soria also alluded to backlash from Streep’s political statements: “As an organization of journalists, the HFPA stands by your defense of free expression and we reject any calls for censorship.”
Wrapping up the email, Sorza concludes: “We thank you for your unwavering support for the arts.With gratitude and respect, Lorenzo Soria”