Meryl Streep will receive Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award for her ‘enthralling body of work’

On Thursday, November 3, the Golden Globes announced the 2017 winner of their honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award: Meryl Streep. It will be presented to her at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards to be broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, January 8, 2017. The Cecil B. DeMille Award is bestowed every year to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the entertainment world and in recent years has been awarded to renowned stars like Steven Spielberg (2009), Robert De Niro (2011), Morgan Freeman (2012), George Clooney (2015) and Denzel Washington (2016), among many others.

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Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. president Lorenzo Soria said in a statement, “It’s no surprise that the HFPA has chosen Meryl Streep as the recipient of the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award. Meryl’s enthralling body of work across a diverse set of genres has made her a role model over the past 40 years, and she will continue to do so for generations to come. She has always taken roles with strong female leads, creating art by showing vulnerability and portraying truth on the big screen. Simply put, she is a trailblazer, having paved the way for women in television, film and stage. For shattering gender and age barriers, all with finesse and grace, the HFPA is humbled to bestow this honor upon her.”

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Streep already has an impressive track record at the Globes — the best ever, actually. She has won eight competitive awards, more than any other performer. She also holds the record for the most nominations with a whopping 29, and she could make that an even 30 this year if she’s nominated for Best Film Musical/Comedy Actress for “Florence Foster Jenkins,” as we’re currently predicting.

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