Legendary actor-writer-director Woody Allen will receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award at the next Golden Globes ceremony early next year.
“There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” said Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he truly is an international treasure.”
Chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Board of Directors, the DeMille Award is given annually to the talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. Recent recipients include Jodie Foster (2013), Morgan Freeman, (2012), Robert DeNiro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001), and Barbra Streisand (2000).
Allen, who has won four Oscars and two Golden Globes, is notoriously critical of all awards. Despite a staggering 23 Academy Award nominations, Allen has never once showed up at the Oscars when nominated. “The whole concept of awards is silly,” Allen has said.“I cannot abide by the judgment of other people, because if you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don’t.”
Allen made one exception when he made a surprise appearance on the first Oscar telecast following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to introduce a short film tribute to New York City.“I didn’t have to present anything,” he said. “I didn’t have to accept anything. I just had to talk about New York City.”
It is unclear whether Allen will make another exception and accept his DeMille Award in person.
Allen, born Allan Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn in 1935, is widely considered one of the great filmmakers of all time with such classics as “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” and “Hannah and Her Sisters” to his credit. Despite a creative slump in recent years, he made a big comeback in 2011 with “Midnight in Paris,” which was his most financially successful film to date and won him his fourth Oscar. His latest film, “Blue Jasmine,” is currently in theaters.
The Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. (EST).