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  • Charles Bright
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    So, this year’s recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Woody Allen, is not expected to show up to the Golden Globes when the award is bestowed on him in January. This got me thinking, since the Globes would probably want to have the recipient of the award be at the ceremony to accept it, if the HFPA were to choose a new person to receive the honor, who would you want it to be? 

    Would you want it to be someone in the same vein as Woody Allen? Would you be more inclined to see an actor or a director take the honor?

    Personally, I would like to see someone with the same type of background as Woody Allen get the honor. I’d like to see someone normally associated with New York, who started working in stand up, then brought their talents to work behind the camera in writing and/or directing. Because of this my choices would be either Mike Nichols or Mel Brooks.

    What do you guys think? Let us know below. Also, I have included a list of previous recipients for reference.

    1952 – Cecil B. DeMille
    1953 – Walt Disney
    1954 – Darryl F. Zanuck
    1955 – Jean Herholt
    1956 – Jack L. Warner
    1957 – Mervn LeRoy
    1958 – Buddy Adler
    1959 – Maurice Chevalier
    1960 – Bing Crosby
    1961 – Fred Astaire
    1962 – Judy Garland
    1963 – Bob Hope
    1964 – Joseph E. Levine
    1965 – James Stewart
    1966 – John Wayne
    1967 – Charlton Heston
    1968 – Kirk Douglas
    1969 – Gregory Peck
    1970 – Joan Crawford
    1971 – Frank Sinatra
    1972 – Alfred Hitchcock
    1973 – Samuel Goldwyn
    1974 – Bette Davis
    1975 – Hal B. Wallis
    1976 – None Given
    1977 – Walter Mirisch
    1978 – Red Skelton
    1979 – Lucille Ball
    1980 – Henry Fonda
    1981 – Gene Kelly
    1982 – Sidney Poitier
    1983 – Laurence Olivier
    1984 – Paul Newman
    1985 – Elizabeth Taylor
    1986 – Barbara Stanwyck
    1987 – Anthony Quinn
    1988 – Clint Eastwood
    1989 – Doris Day
    1990 – Audrey Hepburn
    1991 – Jack Lemmon
    1992 – Robert Mitchum
    1993 – Lauren Bacall
    1994 – Robert Redford
    1995 – Sophia Loren
    1996 – Sean Connery
    1997 – Dustin Hoffman
    1998 – Shirley MacLaine
    1999 – Jack Nicholson
    2000 – Barbra Streisand
    2001 – Al Pacino
    2002 – Harrison Ford
    2003 – Gene Hackman
    2004 – Michael Douglas
    2005 – Robin Williams
    2006 – Anthony Hopkins
    2007 – Warren Beatty
    2008 – None Given
    2009 – Steven Spielberg
    2010 – Martin Scorsese
    2011 – Robert DeNiro
    2012 – Morgan Freeman
    2013 – Jodie Foster
    2014 – Woody Allen 

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    Macbeth
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    Realistic:
    Francis Ford Coppola
    Ben Kingsley
    Meryl Streep
    Joel and Ethan Coen
    Tom Hanks
    Kevin Spacey
    Glenn Close
    Jeff Bridges

    Dreams:
    Quentin Tarantino
    Maggie Smith (I doubt she’ll come)
    Kathy Bates
    JIm Jarmusch
    Steven Soderbergh
    Jessica Lange
    Barry Levinson

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    Jake
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    Diane Keaton 

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    Beau S.
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    I agree with Diane Keaton.

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    Words Count
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    Whoopi Goldberg
    Sigourney Weaver
    Bill Murray
    David Lynch
    Denzel Washington
    Dianne Wiest
    Nicole Kidman 

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    Will
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    Woody Allen is a very deserving choice, even if he won’t show up to accept it.

    I would also like to see the following people being honored:
    Glenn Close
    Angela Lansbury
    Julie Andrews 
    Carol Burnett
    Bette White 
     

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    Halo_Insider
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    So many great inclusions.

    In another decade or so, I wouldn’t mind seeing Tom Cruise get the honor. I’m not quite sure how much good will he will have by that point, but one can’t argue with the success that he’s managed to accumulate over the last few decades. That, and the HFPA clearly adores him, awarding him 3 times and giving a nomination for Tropic Thunder.

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    Macbeth
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    Let’s play a little game:
    Just say the year is 2030 – who would have been honored between 2020 – 2030?
     

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    24Emmy
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    Carol Burnett
    Bill Cosby
    Michael Caine
    Jane Fonda
    Angela Lansbury
    Mary Tyler Moore

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    Rich Landry
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    Let’s play a little game:
    Just say the year is 2030 – who would have been honored between 2020 – 2030?
     

    Within the next 10-20 years I think we’ll see some of the following receive this award:

    Tom Hanks
    Meryl Streep
    Denzel Washington
    Tom Cruise
    Brad Pitt
    Johnny Depp
    Julia Roberts
    Kevin Spacey
    George Clooney
    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Robert Downey Jr.
    Kate Winslet
    Nicole Kidman  
    Whoopi Goldberg
    Matt Damon
    Ben Affleck
     

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    KT
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    Michael Caine and Peter O’Toole are overdue.  Next tier I would say Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, even Julie Christie and Vanessa Redgrave.  Meryl will get the award soon, though she has 8 Golden Globes so it’s not really absolutely necessary.  I have a feeling Kathryn Bigelow will be honored here in the future, since she’s without a Globe.

    But if the Globes wanted to seriously honor a great filmmaker, who has made vital contributions to the medium, Francis Ford Coppola should be recognized.  He should have had the DeMille Award years before Spielberg and Scorsese.  Coppola himself was the godfather of the 70’s movement (and the movie brats), with a string of unbelievable success that has never been equalled.  Just like he should have won the Thalberg before Spielberg and Lucas, the latter being one of his great mentees.  Five Oscars in a four-year period is insane, and to have two films nominated for Best Picture in the same year (one of the strongest ever Oscar years: 1974’s masterpieces The Conversation and The Godfather Part II), with a director nomination, and two screenplay nominations (5 total noms in one night)—I don’t know if we’ll ever see that again.  Then, there’s Apocalypse Now, an astounding accomplishment, cited among the greatest films ever made; I’d give him the award just for putting up with Brando.  I don’t care if he hasn’t directed recently, and how he went to pursue more personal movies that couldn’t match his work in the 70s; film as an artform wouldn’t be the same without this master.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I think this award should be a way to award performers that have been under recognized by the Globes, which is why I don’t like the idea of Streep. O’Toole and Zcaine each have a few Golden Globs already, but are somewhat overdue, because it has been a while. My personal choice would be Kevin Spacey, who has 6 nominations with no wins. If he doesn’t win for House of Cards, he’ll have an excellent shot at it next year.

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    Baby Clyde
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    14 women in 62 years???

    Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams, Michael Douglas before Jane Fonda. Good grief.

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    Charles Bright
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    When I was looking at the list of the past recipients, it astounded me how many people had been presented with this honor before they even hit the age of 60, which is when you would usually start thinking of bestowing an honorary award on someone for their career. Not that these people have been undeserving, but it feels very inappropriate that Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas would get this honor before the likes of Jane Fonda, Carol Burnett, Angela Lansbury, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Mary Tyler Moore and Michael Caine. The lack of women having been honored here is also astounding.

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    Halo_Insider
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    I don’t know if Freeman is that egregious a selection. He’s just as old as Jane Fonda and Mary Tyler Moore and was in his mid-70s when he received the prize. Granted, he hasn’t been a public figure for as many decades as some other contenders, but he’s managed to build a remarkable legacy over the last 25 years and has maintained a prolific presence in films.

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