As year 2018 is fast approaching, actress, talkshow host, philanthropist and producer Oprah Winfrey has already be declared the winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Award, slated for January 7.
“Let me be the first to congratulate you because, you’re in for an incredible night,” says 2012 recipient Morgan Freeman while announcing Oprah the winner of the year’s award on Wednesday night. December 13.
“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today,” said HFPA President Meher Tatna of the organization’s decision to recognize Winfrey.
“For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards.”
Oprah who is the fourth black actor to receive the award, makes history as the first black woman ever to receive the honor. Out of 64 recipients of the award, 14 have been women. The 14th being last year’s winner Meryl Streep and the 15th Winfrey.
Recent winners of Cecil B. DeMille Award include A-listers such as: Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Lucille Ball, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Sidney Poitier, Sophia Loren and Steven Spielberg.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”. It was first presented on February 21, 1952 at the 9th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony and is named in honor of its first recipient, director Cecil B. DeMille. Honorees are selected by the HFPA board of directors and are presented annually (except for 1976 and 2008).
The first woman to receive the honor was Judy Garland in 1962 who, at 39 years of age, was also the youngest honoree ever to receive the award, while Samuel Goldwyn, at the age of 93, in 1973, was the oldest. The first African-American to receive the honor was Sidney Poitier in 1982.
The 75th Annual Golden Globes’ ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on January 7, 2018. Watch Freeman announce Winfrey as the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient below;