Words by Megan Ambers

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Media mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey is next in line to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, making her the first black woman to ever receive the award.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to announce Oprah Winfrey as the recipient of the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award,” said the President of the HFPA, Meher Tatna in a statement.

As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer, and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today. For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.

Oprah is the fourth black actor to receive the award, after Sidney Poitier in 1982, Morgan Freeman in 2012, and Denzel Washington in 2016. Winfrey received a Golden Globe nomination for her 1985 role in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, and most recently she starred in Ava DuVernay’s Selma, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

The ceremony will be held in Los Angeles, January 7, 2018 and televised live on NBC.