Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, and George Clooney are just the latest entertainment legends selected for the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. The life achievement honor is an annual prize given for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” The Hollywood Foreign Press Association selects its recipients from a wide variety of actors, directors, writers, and producers who have made a significant mark on the world of filmmaking.
Let’s take a look back at all 64 honorees over the 75-year history in our new photo gallery above. In addition to Streep (2017), Washington (2016), and Clooney (2015), other recipients during this century have been Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams, Michael Douglas, Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford, Al Pacino, and Barbra Streisand.
The award is named for legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, who was its very first recipient in 1952. The next year, DeMille won the Golden Globes as Best Drama Film and Best Film Director for his circus soap opera “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952).
The first woman to receive the award was Judy Garland in 1962, who at 39-years-old holds the record as the youngest honoree in history. Conversely, producer Samuel Goldwyn, at the age of 93 in 1973, is the oldest person to ever receive the honor. The first black recipient was Sidney Poitier in 1982.
Only twice since 1952 has the award not been given: once in 1976 and again in 2008. The 2008 omission was due to the Writer’s Guild strike which forced the HFPA to cancel its annual telecast. That year’s planned recipient, Spielberg, was deferred to the 2009 ceremony.
Tour through our photo gallery to see all 64 recipients of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes.
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