Woody Allen to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at 71st Annual Golden Globes

     September 13, 2013

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Woody Allen has been selected as the next recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the upcoming 71st Golden Globe Awards in January.  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced today that Allen will join the likes of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Robin Williams, and Jodie Foster on the roster of Cecil B. DeMille Award recipients, but it seems highly unlikely that Allen will appear to accept the award.  Allen famously skips awards season every year, and has yet to personally accept his 9 Oscar wins, making only one exception to appear on the broadcast in 2002 to introduce a montage of New York City clips following the 9/11 attacks.

Despite the fact that Allen has made a habit of skipping awards season, it’s tough to imagine the star-obsessed HFPA choosing him as the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award if they had confirmation that he wouldn’t appear at the televised ceremony.  We’ll find out for sure when the mostly pointless 71st Golden Globes are held on January 12, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch Allen’s only appearance at the Oscars and to read the press release. 

woody-allenHere’s the press release:

WOODY ALLEN TO RECEIVE CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD

AT 71ST ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARDS

ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014

HOLLYWOOD, CA, September 13, 2013 – The multi-hyphenated Woody Allen will be honored with the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award and will be paid tribute to at the 71st Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Sunday, January 12, 2014, LIVE coast-to-coast on NBC with the pre-show from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (PST)/7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST), and main telecast from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. It was announced today by Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

“There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” said Kingma. “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he truly is an international treasure.”

Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. 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 De Niro (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).

Woody Allen is the prolific writer/director of over 45 films including such revered and iconic works as “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” and “Hannah and Her Sisters”; as well as recent critical and box office hits such as “Match Point,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” and “Midnight in Paris” for which he won both the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture and the Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay. Allen’s most recent film, “Blue Jasmine,” is currently in theaters.

Produced by dick clark productions in association with the HFPA, the Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 160 countries worldwide and are one of the few awards ceremonies to include both motion picture and television achievements.

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