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Golden Globes tweets mistake America Ferrera for Gina Rodriguez; HFPA apologizes

Actress America Ferrera speaks onstage at the 73rd

Actress America Ferrera speaks onstage at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations Announcement at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, sponsor of the Golden Globe Awards, apologized Thursday after having confused Latino actresses America Ferrera and Gina Rodriguez in three tweets about its just-released nominations.

“What occurred this morning was an unfortunate error,” the HFPA said in a statement after users on social media began pointing out the mix-up. “Our sincerest apologies to both America and Gina.” The organization removed the tweets.

The first had shown four empty seats on a stage, facing reporters at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. “The Golden Globes stage awaits @ImAngelaBassett, @ChloeGMoretz, @HereIsGina [Rodriguez’s verified Twitter handle] and #DennisQuaid to announce our noms!” read the tweet. The next showed the four presenters sitting onstage, being introduced by a man a podium. “The Golden Globes noms are about to start!” it read, followed by tags of the same four names.

Finally, the third depicted Ferrera, 31, identified as Rodriguez, at the podium, “kicking off the Golden Globes nominations announcements.”

Rodriguez, also 31, was nominated for Actress in a TV Series, Comedy, for The CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” Neither she nor former “Ugly Betty” star Ferrera, now on NBC’s “Superstore,” have commented.


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