In a tight race, Sigourney Weaver is your top choice among actresses to receive the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille life achievement award at the upcoming Golden Globes. With over 11,000 people voting in our poll, 39.67% chose Weaver over three-time Oscar champ Meryl Streep, who received 30.93% of support. The next recipient will be announced soon and will be presented with the tribute at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards ceremony on January 8.
The past three choices from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. — Woody Allen (2014), George Clooney (2015), Denzel Washington (2016) — were men, so we are wondering if a woman will be the top pick this time. Prior to Jodie Foster being feted in 2013, the last woman to be honored was Barbra Streisand in 2000. And prior to that only 11 actresses had been feted since the first award was given out to its namesake in 1952.
Weaver has won two Globes in her career for the films “Gorillas in the Mist” (1988) and “Working Girl” (1988). Streep is the all-time leader in performance wins with eight victories for the films “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981), “Sophie’s Choice” (1982), “Adaptation” (2002), “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), “Julie and Julia” (2009), and “The Iron Lady” (2011), plus the TV miniseries “Angels in America” (2003).
The two other strongest actresses in our poll were Sandra Bullock with 11.95% of the vote and Jessica Lange with 7.23%. These four ladies competed against Julie Andrews, Glenn Close, Judi Dench, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Diane Keaton, Angela Lansbury, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, and Maggie Smith.
By the way, besides Foster and Streisand, these three female recipients —Doris Day (1989), Sophia Loren (1995), Shirley MacLaine (1998) — are still with us.
The previous poll featuring 15 actors and directors had over 13,000 voters with Johnny Depp claiming more than 90% of support over Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt.
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