As if the awards season buzz that's been flying around over "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity," and even his own "Blue Jasmine" wasn't early enough, we're now bracing ourselves four whole months in advance for the next recipient of the Golden Globe Awards's prestigious Cecil B. Demille.
And yes, this year it's being handed to none other than the neurotically hilarious and introspective auteur Woody Allen.
The irony is that Allen's track record for showing up at awards shows is spotty. So it will be interesting to see if the 77-year-old filmmaker, who got his start as a television writer in the '50s, will even be there!
"There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen," said Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in a statement on Friday.
"His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he truly is an international treasure."
Also from the HFPA announcement:
Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to the talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. Recent recipients include Jody Foster (2013), Morgan Freeman, (2012), Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001), and Barbra Streisand (2000).
Woody Allen is the prolific writer/director of over 45 films including such revered and iconic works as “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” and “Hannah and Her Sisters”; as well as recent critical and box office hits such as “Match Point,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” and “Midnight in Paris” for which he won both the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture and the Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay. Allen’s most recent film, “Blue Jasmine,” is currently in theaters.
The Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC on Sunday, January 12, 2014, LIVE coast-to-coast 5-8 p.m. (PST), 8-11 p.m. (EST), from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.