Our forums posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, are furiously debating who the Golden Globes will choose to honor with the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. As the announcements of George Clooney last year and Woody Allen in 2013 came in mid-September, we expect the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. to reveal this year’s recipient soon.
Our separate article and poll earlier this week offered you 16 actresses who might be under consideration for this honor. Results from that poll will be revealed soon. So now what about the men, who have claimed this prize in 12 of the past 14 years?
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Below are profiles of 16 actors and directors over 50 who might be on the radar of the selection committee. Read through our list and then vote in our poll as to the most likely recipient. Once we have results from polls for the men and women, the leaders will be pitted against each other to determine your ultimate choice.
You will not find the names of the following men in this poll since they have already received the DeMille award: Warren Beatty, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg.
One note for each synopsis below: Golden Globe nominations and wins listed do not include producing nominations (which are not indicated on the HFPA website).
Four Golden Globe nominations with one win (“Crazy Heart,” 2010).
Four Golden Globe nominations with no wins.
12 Golden Globe nominations with three wins (“Educating Rita,” 1984; “Jack the Ripper,” 1989; “Little Voice,” 1999).
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11 Golden Globe nominations with four wins (“The Godfather” directing and writing, 1973; “Apocalypse Now” directing and score, 1980).
Seven Golden Globe nominations with three wins (“Born on the Fourth of July,” 1990; “Jerry Maguire,” 1997; “Magnolia,” 2000).
Three Golden Globe nominations no wins.
10 Golden Globe nominations with one win (“Sweeney Todd,” 2008).
Seven Golden Globe nominations with four wins (“Apocalypse Now,” 1980; “Tender Mercies,” 1984; “Lonesome Dove,” 1990; “Stalin,” 1993).
Eight Golden Globe nominations with four wins (“Big,” 1989; “Philadelphia,” 1994; “Forrest Gump,” 1995; “Cast Away,” 2001).
Five Golden Globe nominations with one win (“Happy Days,” 1978).
Five Golden Globe nominations with no wins.
Five Golden Globe nominations with one win (“Dreamgirls,” 2007).
Six Golden Globe nominations with one win (“Lost in Translation,” 2004).
Five Golden Globe nominations with one win (“Twelve Monkeys,” 1996).
Six Golden Globe nominations with one win (“Get Shorty,” 1996).
Seven Golden Globe nominations with two wins (“Glory,” 1990; “The Hurricane,” 2000).
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While the committee typically does not choose someone with a strong chance at a nomination, they sometimes overlook that unwritten rule. So, for that reason, we have decided to include several men with at least one project in contention: Caine (“Youth”), Depp (“Black Mass”), Hanks (“Bridge of Spies”), Howard (“In the Heart of the Sea”), Murray (“Rock the Kasbah”), and Pitt (“By the Sea”).
Denzel Washington in Spain (9/14); Unimedia Images/REX
Tom Hanks in New York (2/15); Gregory Pace/BEI/REX
Tom Cruise in New York (7/15); Gregory Pace/BEI/REX