George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11. The honorary prize is presented each year to an entertainer who has “demonstrated outstanding achievement in film and television.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association refers to him as “an actor, writer, producer, director, activist, practical joker and former Sexiest Man Alive.”
Clooney won his first Golden Globe as Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor for the 1999 movie “O Brother Where Art Thou?” He followed with another victory as Best Film Supporting Actor for the 2005 film “Syriana.” The 2011 film “The Descendants” brought him another win, and then he had a producing victory for 2012 Best Drama Film “Argo.” For his career, he has accumulated 13 Globe nominations.
At the Academy Awards, he has Oscars for producing “Argo” and acting in “Syriana” among his eight overall nominations.
Clooney began his career mostly on television with recurring roles on “The Facts of Life” and “Roseanne.” His breakout show was NBC’s “E.R.” beginning two decades ago in 1994. His film resume includes “The Thin Red Line,” “Out of Sight,” “Three Kings,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Ides of March,” and “Monuments Men.”
The DeMille Award was given last year to an absent Woody Allen. Previous recipients in recent years were Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams, Michael Douglas, Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford, Al Pacino, and Barbra Streisand.
Watch our video chat below in which Gold Derby executive editor Paul Sheehan and I discuss the possibilities for this year’s DeMille selection.