Oprah Winfrey to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes
Kimberly C. Roberts
Every year, the Golden Globe Awards, basically a huge, glitzy cocktail party recognizing outstanding achievements in film and television, kicks off the awards season in Hollywood. This year, “The Globes,” presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and hosted by “Late Night’s” Seth Meyers, airs live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday from 8-11 p.m. on NBC. A “Golden Globe Arrivals Special” precedes the awards show at 7 p.m.
A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award to Oprah Winfrey, a past Golden Globe nominee for her work in “The Color Purple.” Chosen by the press association’s board of directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is “given annually to a talented individual for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to announce Oprah Winfrey as the recipient of the 2018 Cecil B. deMille Award,” Meher Tatna, president of the association, said in a statement. “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. 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.”
To date, the list of presenters includes Halle Berry, Carol Burnett, Emilia Clarke, Kelly Clarkson, Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Gal Godot, Greta Gerwig, Hugh Grant, Kit Harington, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Hemsworth, Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert, Shirley McLaine, Rickey Martin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Poehler, Edgar Ramirez, Seth Rogan, J.K. Simmons, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Alicia Vikander, Kerry Washington and Emma Watson.
Given all that has taken place in Hollywood and beyond in the past year, the live broadcast should prove to be quite interesting, and it is being reported that some actresses will wear black to the ceremony to protest harassment in Hollywood.
Noteworthy Golden Globe nominations include:
Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy: “Get Out”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama: Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy: Daniel Kaluuya “Get Out”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture: Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”; Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
Best Original Song — Motion Picture: “Mighty River,” “Mudbound,” music by Raphael Saddiq, lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saddiq and Taura Stinson; “The Star,” “The Star,” music and lyrics by Mariah Carey and Marc Shaiman
Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical: “Black-ish”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical: Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical: Issa Rae, “Insecure”