Eddie Murphy received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 80th annual Golden Globes on Tuesday (Jan. 10) for his outstanding work throughout his 40-plus-year Hollywood career. In his acceptance speech, the actor shared what he considered to be his blueprint to success, which included a punchline about Will Smith’s 2022 Oscars slap.
"I've been in show business for 46 years, and I've been in the movie business for 41 years, so this has been a long time in the making and greatly appreciated," Murphy began, thanking his girlfriend Paige Butcher and his 10 children.
He continued, "I've been doing this for a long time so I could literally stand up here and keep saying names until they play the piano, but I'm gonna wrap it up and just say something to all the new up-and-coming dreamers and artists that are in the room tonight. I wanna let you know that there is a definitive blueprint that you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind."
Murphy explained the “blueprint” he’s followed his entire career, "It's very simple, just do these three things: Pay your taxes, mind your business — and keep Will Smith's wife's name out your f---ing mouth!"
In March 2022, Smith walked on stage at the Oscars and slapped Chris Rock in the face as he presented an award after he made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Before he got onstage and to hit Rock, Smith shouted from his front-row seat: "Keep my wife's name out your f---ing mouth!"
Other winners for the evening included Abbott Elementary who took home the win for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Zendaya who took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama.
Abbott Elementary also won big in other categories, including Quinta Brunson’s win for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series and Tyler James Williams for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Comedy or Drama Television Series.
Angela Bassett took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Zendaya won in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for her work in Euphoria
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