The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that Woody Allen will be the 61st recipient of their highest honor, the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The award will be presented during the Globe’s annual broadcast, taking place on Jan. 12, 2013.
Allen will be recognized for his extraordinary career that has seen him churn out a film nearly every year since he began as a writer in the 1960s, including “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Midnight in Paris.”
The Globes have recognized Allen twice before for his screenplays for “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and “Midnight in Paris.” Allen now joins other directors like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and DeMille himself to be granted with this honor.
The big question will be whether or not the low-key Allen will end up making the trip out to receive the honor in person. Despite all the awards Allen has garnered in his career, he has only made the trip from New York to L.A. once for an awards ceremony. That was after 9/11, where the director was invited to say some words at the Academy Awards on the city that he calls home and has captured so beautifully in his films
Theo Kingma, the president of the HFPA, said, “There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen. His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he truly is an international treasure.”
Timing couldn’t be more perfect either. Allen is currently enjoying one of the biggest successes of his career. “Blue Jasmine” has ended up being his widest released film and will challenge “Midnight in Paris” as his top-grosser when all is said and done. Not to mention Allen and star Cate Blanchett will likely figure into key award races at the Globes and beyond.