The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has selected actress Gia Mantegna as Miss Golden Globe 2011 for The 68th Annual Golden Globe® Awards. HFPA President Philip Berk made the announcement this evening at The First Party of the 2011 Golden Globe Award Season, hosted by the HFPA and InStyle. The star-studded event was held at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood and was presented by FUZE®.
Chosen by the HFPA, Miss Golden Globe is traditionally the child of a well-known celebrity and assists during the Golden Globe Awards ceremony. The 68th Annual Golden Globe® Awards will air LIVE coast-to-coast on Sunday, January 16, 2011 on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Ricky Gervais.
“We are thrilled to have Gia as this year’s Miss Golden Globe,” said Berk. “She is just as talented as she is beautiful and will surely be a great addition to the show.”
“I am honored to be part of this wonderful ongoing tradition created by the HFPA. I have grown up watching the Golden Globes with my family and feel so fortunate to be part of such a magical evening, so early on in my career”.
“FUZE congratulates Gia on being named Miss Golden Globe 2011,” said Jose Serafin, Director of Marketing for FUZE. “We’re really excited to be the beverage of choice again this year and to share such a wonderful evening with HFPA and InStyle.”
Daughter of Golden Globe nominated actor Joe Mantegna and Arlene Vrhel, Mantegna is quickly emerging as one of the most promising new actors of her generation. She currently stars in TeenNick’s new television series Gigantic, which takes a fictional look at the complicated lives of children of Hollywood celebrities.
Mantegna made her debut at the age of 13 in the 2003 film Uncle Nino, alongside Anne Archer, Trevor Morgan and her father. In 2006, she starred in Warner Brother’s Unaccompanied Minors. During Mantegna’s short career, she has also appeared alongside Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30 and Adam Brody in In the Land of Women. She recently finished production of Emergo. Mantegna’s television credits include CBS’s hit dramas, Criminal Minds and Medium, as well as a recurring role as Patty on ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
When not filming, Mantegna spends her time exploring her other passions, piano, drums and still photography.
Previous Miss/Mister Golden Globe honorees include Rumer Willis (daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis), Laura Dern (daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern), Joely Fisher (daughter of Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher), Melanie Griffith (daughter of Tippi Hedren) Freddie Prinze Jr. (son of Freddie Prinze), and last year’s Miss Golden Globe Mavis Spencer (daughter of Alfre Woodard and Roderick Spencer). A full list of previous honorees may be found at www.hfpa.org/miss_golden_globe.
The 68th Annual Golden Globe® Awards will be seen in more than 160 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements. The special will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.