Golden Globes showdown: Cecil B. DeMille to Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Jessica Lange or …?

Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Meryl Streep Jessica Lange Tom Hanks Mel Brooks

Thousands of you have voted this week, choosing your favorites tfor the next Cecil B. DeMille award recipient at the Golden Globes. Your top six recommendations  are: actresses Julie Andrews, Jessica Lange, and Meryl Streep, actors Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, and director/producer/writer/actor (and EGOT champ) Mel Brooks. Now that  the field has been narrowed, you have the ultimate tough decision to make. Choose your favorite in the poll below to let the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. know to whom they should give this lifetime achievement award.

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Our forums posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, are furiously debating this hot topic too. As the announcements of George Clooney last year and Woody Allen in 2013 came in mid-September, we expect this year’s selection to be unveiled very soon.

Only two of the past 14 DeMille recipients — Barbra Streisand (2000) and Jodie Foster (2013) — have been women. In our poll promoting 16 actresses, three of them — Andews, Lange, Streep — earned double digit vote totals and have the following history with the Golden Globes. 

Julie Andrews (18.66%)
10 Golden Globe nominations with three wins (“Mary Poppins,” 1965; “The Sound of Music,” 1966; “Victor Victoria,” 1983).

Jessica Lange (26.57%)
15 Golden Globe nominations with five wins (“King Kong,” 1977; “Tootsie,” 1983; “Blue Sky,” 1995; “A Streetcar Named Desire,” 1996; “American Horror Story,” 2012).

Meryl Streep (45.93%)
29 Golden Globe nominations with eight wins (“Kramer vs. Kramer,” 1980; “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” 1982; “Sophie’s Choice,” 1983; “Adaptation,” 2003; “Angels in America,” 2004; “The Devil Wears Prada,” 2007; “Julie and Julia,” 2010; “The Iron Lady,” 2012).

Likewise, in our poll touting 16 men, three of them —  Brooks, Hanks, Washington — broke into the double digits and have the following track record at the Golden Globes. 

Mel Brooks (26.92%)
Four Golden Globe nominations with no wins.

Tom Hanks (24.18%)
Eight Golden Globe nominations with four wins (“Big,” 1989; “Philadelphia,” 1994; “Forrest Gump,” 1995; “Cast Away,” 2001).

Denzel Washington (11.54%)
Seven Golden Globe nominations with two wins (“Glory,” 1990; “The Hurricane,” 2000).

Note that the Golden Globe nominations and wins listed above do not include producing bids (which are not indicated on the HFPA website).

Meryl Streep in New York (8/15); Gregory Pace/BEI/REX
Julie Andrews in Los Angeles (3/15); Jim Smeal/BEI/REX
Jessica Lange in Los Angeles (5/15); Matt Baron/BEI/REX

Denzel Washington in Spain (9/14); Unimedia Images/REX
Tom Hanks in New York (2/15); Gregory Pace/BEI/REX
Mel Brooks at the Geffen (2014); Courtesy of HBO

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