Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award going to George Clooney
From 1980 onwards, only two individuals chiefly associated with their work behind the camera, whether literally or metaphorically, have been honored with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lifetime achievement Cecil B. DeMille Award: Steven Spielberg in 2009 and Martin Scorsese in 2010. (Scroll down to check out the full list of Cecil B. DeMille Award winners.)
Between 1952, the year of the award’s inception, and 1980, there were 11 such individuals – most of them honored during the 1950s. The recipients ranged from studio head Jack Warner and studio head/animator Walt Disney to directors-producers Alfred Hitchcock and Mervyn LeRoy, in addition to veteran director-producer Cecil B. DeMille himself back at the 1952 ceremony.
George Clooney, who has directed a handful of movies – e.g., Good Night and Good Luck. (2005), for which he was nominated for a Best Director Academy Award, and last year’s The Monuments Men – but who is best known for his work in front of the camera (see further below), will be handed the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2015 Golden Globes ceremony later this evening, Jan. 11.
No ‘homage ditty’?
Last year’s winner, multitasker Woody Allen, failed to show up to pick up his trophy. In his stead, Diane Keaton accepted the award and sang a little ditty in honor of her Sleeper, Annie Hall, and Manhattan co-star and director.
Since George Clooney is expected to attend tonight’s ceremony, that means there shouldn’t be any little “homage ditty” unless the honoree decides to come up with one himself.
George Clooney movies: From indie lip-syncing transvestite to blockbuster astronaut
Besides Good Night and Good Luck. and The Monuments Men, both of which George Clooney not only directed but also acted in, this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient and former E.R. star has been seen in more than 40 feature films.
These range from Grizzly II: The Concert (1987), Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988), and The Harvest (1992), in which Clooney plays a lip-syncing transvestite, to:
- Stephen Gaghan’s political drama Syriana (2005), with Matt Damon and Christopher Plummer. For his thespian and weight-gaining efforts, Clooney took home that year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
- Tony Gilroy’s socially conscious drama Michael Clayton (2007), with Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton. Clooney won a number of U.S. critics awards and was shortlisted for the Best Actor Oscar.
- Jason Reitman’s socially conscious critical fave Up in the Air (2009), opposite Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. Clooney won more U.S. critics awards and was shortlisted for another Best Actor Oscar.
- Alexander Payne’s equally well-received family comedy-drama The Descendants (2011), with Shailene Woodley. Clooney won even more U.S. critics awards and, for the third time, was shortlisted for a Best Actor Oscar.
- Alfonso Cuarón’s prestige blockbuster Gravity (2013), co-starring Sandra Bullock. Here, Bullock was the one who received widespread critical praise and an Oscar nomination.
More George Clooney movies
Here are a few more George Clooney films:
- Joel Schumacher’s lambasted Batman & Robin (1997), with Clooney as the half of the title. Also in the cast: Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Alicia Silverstone.
- Terrence Malick’s Best Picture Oscar nominee The Thin Red Line (1998), with Jim Caviezel and Sean Penn.
- David O. Russell’s Three Kings (1999), a troubled production also featuring Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube.
- Joel and Ethan Coen’s O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000), with John Turturro and Holly Hunter.
- Wolfgang Petersen’s The Perfect Storm (2000), with Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane.
- Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven (2001), with Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts.
- The Ides of March (2011), a political drama also directed by Clooney, and featuring Ryan Gosling and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Upcoming George Clooney movies include:
- Jodie Foster’s socially conscious thriller Money Monster, with Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell.
- Brad Bird’s sci-fier Tomorrowland, with Britt Robertson, Kathryn Hahn, and Judy Greer.
- Joel and Ethan Coen’s ensemble comedy Hail, Caesar!, also featuring Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, and Christopher Lambert.
George Clooney turns 54 next May 6.
Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award winners
Below is the full list of Cecil B. DeMille Award recipients to date, in chronological order, beginning with the 1952 ceremony.
Note: No Cecil B. DeMille Award was handed out at the 1976 and the 2008 Golden Globes ceremonies.
- Cecil B. DeMille.
- Walt Disney.
- Darryl F. Zanuck.
- Jean Hersholt.
- Jack Warner.
- Mervyn LeRoy.
- Buddy Adler.
- Maurice Chevalier – the first actor to receive the award.
- Bing Crosby.
- Fred Astaire.
- Judy Garland – the first female recipient and, at age 39, the youngest recipient.
- Bob Hope.
- Joseph E. Levine.
- James Stewart.
- John Wayne.
- Charlton Heston.
- Kirk Douglas.
- Gregory Peck.
- Joan Crawford.
- Frank Sinatra.
- Alfred Hitchcock.
- Samuel Goldwyn, at age 93 the oldest recipient.
- Bette Davis.
- Hal B. Wallis.
- No Cecil B. DeMille Award handed out.
- Walter Mirisch.
- Red Skelton.
- Lucille Ball.
- Henry Fonda.
- Gene Kelly.
- Sidney Poitier – the first black recipient.
- Laurence Olivier.
- Paul Newman.
- Elizabeth Taylor.
- Barbara Stanwyck.
- Anthony Quinn.
- Clint Eastwood.
- Doris Day.
- Audrey Hepburn.
- Jack Lemmon.
- Robert Mitchum.
- Lauren Bacall.
- Robert Redford.
- Sophia Loren – the first and to date only recipient to have enjoyed a major career in non-English-language films.
- Sean Connery.
- Dustin Hoffman.
- Shirley MacLaine.
- Jack Nicholson.
- Barbra Streisand.
- Al Pacino.
- Harrison Ford.
- Gene Hackman.
- Michael Douglas – 36 years after his father.
- Robin Williams.
- Anthony Hopkins.
- Warren Beatty – 9 years after his sister.
- No Cecil B. DeMille Award handed out – and no Golden Globes ceremony – due to the Writers Guild of America strike.
- Steven Spielberg.
- Martin Scorsese.
- Robert De Niro.
- Morgan Freeman.
- Jodie Foster.
- Woody Allen.
- George Clooney.
- Denzel Washington.
- Meryl Streep – the first recipient to make an eloquent attack against a U.S. president-elect and the first recipient to be attacked in a tweet by a disgruntled U.S. president-elect.
- Oprah Winfrey – the first recipient without an extensive film career.
Few women among Cecil B. DeMille Award recipients
Out of a total of 65 Cecil B. DeMille Award recipients to date (2018 update), a mere 15 have been women – all of them actresses, including two actresses-directors (Barbra Streisand, Jodie Foster) and one actress-producer-TV personality (Oprah Winfrey).
In that regard, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has quite a bit in common with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – and most other awards-giving groups and organizations.
Here are the female Cecil B. DeMille Award recipients:
- Judy Garland (1962).
- Joan Crawford (1970).
- Bette Davis (1974).
- Lucille Ball (1979).
- Elizabeth Taylor (1985).
- Barbara Stanwyck (1986).
- Doris Day (1989).
- Audrey Hepburn (1990).
- Lauren Bacall (1993).
- Sophia Loren (1995).
- Shirley MacLaine (1998).
- Barbra Streisand (2000).
- Jodie Foster (2013).
- Meryl Streep (2017).
- Oprah Winfrey (2018).
See also: “Honorary Oscars have bypassed women.”
Hollywood Foreign Press Association website.
Image of Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient George Clooney in The Monuments Men with Matt Damon: Columbia Pictures / Fox 2000.
Image of Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Judy Garland: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer publicity shot.