Denzel Washington to Get Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Actor Denzel Washington speaks onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 7th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Denzel Washington to Get Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

He'll be the third Black actor to be honored.

Published November 17, 2015

Denzel Washington already has a place in Hollywood history, but at the next Golden Globe Awards, he'll get the statue to prove it. The veteran actor has been named the 2016 recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, given to those who have “made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” He will receive his honor at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in January.

“Washington’s long and storied career is earmarked by his countless roles in front and behind the camera,” said Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Lorenzo Soria in a statement.

Washington already has two Oscars, two Golden Globes and a Tony Award under his belt, along with a string of box-office hits including last year's The Equalizer. Next year, Washington re-teams with The Equalizer and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for the remake of The Magnificent Seven, due in September 2016.

The actor will be only the third Black man in history to be recognized with the DeMille Award. Morgan Freeman and Sidney Poitier were past recipients. Last year’s honoree was George Clooney, and previous ones include Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro and others.

The 2016 Golden Globes will be hosted by Ricky Gervais on January 10. Watch our exclusive interview with the iconic actor, below: is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music. 

(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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