So the Golden Globes have announced that they are honoring Woody Allen with their Cecil B. Demille award, something they give to a person who’s a longtime contributor to the film industry, or something like that. The press release below explains the details.
The interesting question to me, though, is whether Allen will actually come to the ceremony on January 12, 2014, to accept the award? Allen has been nominated for many Academy Awards over the years, and has won several, but has only attended the Oscar ceremony once. That was after the 9/11 attacks, when Allen was asked to come to represent his hometown New York City, then still recovering from the events of that day. He usually refuses, though, for the reason that he doesn’t think you can judge art in a way that says this performance is better than that one, that cinematography deserves an award more than that one, etc. He’s not even a member of the Academy, though he’s eligible.
But this is a lifetime achievement kind of thing, not a competition–so will he feel that this is okay? And would he want the first award he accepts to come from the suspect Golden Globes? We’ll see. I’d bet that he won’t be there; maybe he’ll send a statement or something. And I bet I’d be able to find a place where I can make that bet.
Here’s the press release:
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 Jody 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.
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