“He was deeply committed to the movie industry’s power to heal the world and shine a spotlight on injustice,” the Hollywood Foreign Press Association says.
Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and former editor of the Italian news weekly L’Espresso, has died at the age of 68 years.
Soria died peacefully on Friday at his Los Angeles home, the association said in a statement, lauding his “generosity, passion” and sense of humour.
“He was deeply committed to the movie industry’s power to heal the world and shine a spotlight on injustice,” said the group that awards the annual Golden Globes for excellence in TV and movies.
Lorenzo Soria, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Friday, August 7th, according to a member of his family. He was 68 years old. Lorenzo will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/ppBbSEEwap— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) August 7, 2020
Different paths in career
The Argentinian-born Soria grew up and worked in Italy for L'Espresso before becoming a Los Angeles resident in 1982.
Continuing to write for the weekly and for the daily La Stampa, he covered a wide variety of topics including politics and technology.
But his real love was interviewing “Hollywood talent and reporting about trends and changes in the film and television industry,” the organisation said.
A member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association since 1989, he was in the administration for more than 25 years. After serving twice before as president, his current tenure began in 2019.
A memorial is planned but details weren't immediately available, said the group, which cited an unidentified Soria family member in its announcement of his death.