The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. will announce the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille award recipient in the next few days. Gold Derby ran two separate polls recently about who you predict will be chosen for the life achievement award. Johnny Depp dominated our poll featuring male actors and directors. Sigourney Weaver had a slight margin of victory for our actress poll. Let’s now take the top three performers from each poll and put them together in a new showdown sure to be seen by the HFPA voters before they make their final decision.
With 13,000 ballots cast in our male poll, Depp received 90% of support. He is a 10-time Golden Globe nominee who won Best Comedy/Musical Actor for the film “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2008).
In second place in our poll was two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who has four acting Globes for “Big” (1989), “Philadelphia” (1994), “Forrest Gump” (1995), and “Cast Away” (2001). He also has producing trophies for TV miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” (1999), “Band of Brothers” (2002), “John Adams” (2009), and “Game Change” (2013).
The third spot was held by actor and producer Brad Pitt. He has one Globe for his supporting role in “Twelve Monkeys” (1996) and another for producing Best Drama Film winner “12 Years a Slave” (2013).
In a tight race, Weaver had 39.67% of the 11,000 people who voted for an actress to receive the honorary prize. Weaver has won two Globes in her career for the films “Gorillas in the Mist” (1989) and “Working Girl” (also 1989).
Three-time Oscar champ Meryl Streep was in second place with 30.93% of support. She is the all-time leader in performance wins with eight victories for the films “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1980), “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1982), “Sophie’s Choice” (1983), “Adaptation” (2003), “The Devil Wears Prada” (2007), “Julie and Julia” (2010), and “The Iron Lady” (2012), plus the TV miniseries “Angels in America” (2004).
The next strongest actress in our poll was Sandra Bullock with 11.95% of the vote. She has had five career nominations with one Globe win for “The Blind Side” (2010).
Our expansive male poll also featured: Jeff Bridges, Mel Brooks, Michael Caine, Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Cruise, Billy Crystal, Robert Duvall, Ron Howard, Jerry Lewis, George Lucas, Steve Martin, and Eddie Murphy.
Others in our actress poll were: Julie Andrews, Glenn Close, Judi Dench, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Angela Lansbury, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, and Maggie Smith.
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