Denzel Washington was honored with the 2016 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the “73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards” last night [January 10, 2016], hosted by Ricky Gervais. The Golden Globes aired LIVE on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) Board of Directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to a talented individual for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Recent recipients include George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, Al Pacino, and Barbra Streisand.
Washington first gained recognition for his role in Glory, for which he won his first Golden Globe Award. He also starred in Cry Freedom, Malcolm X, Training Day, The Manchurian Candidate, and American Gangster.
“Washington’s long and storied career is earmarked by his countless roles in front and behind the camera. It is the HFPA’s privilege to honor his contributions to the entertainment industry with the Cecil B. DeMille Award,” stated Lorenzo Soria, President of the HFPA, making the announcement of Denzel Washington’s honor.
Washington has earned seven Golden Globe Award nominations, resulting in two wins. He’s also the recipient of two Academy Awards, two Emmy nominations, one Tony Award, one BAFTA Award, one NAACP Image Award, and a Grammy Award for his narration of the legend of John Henry.
Washington can next be seen in The Magnificent Seven, set to be released in September 2016.