What is the Cecil B. DeMille Award

What is the Cecil B. DeMille Award

Are you wondering what the Cecil B. DeMille Award is?  Have you heard the news talking about it?  Just thought it was cool that Oprah Winfrey received it at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards?  Well here is how the Golden Globe Awards Website describes it:

“When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided to establish a special, prestigious award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, the members wanted it to bear an internationally recognized and respected name. So they turned to a born showman, Cecil B. DeMille, who accepted the idea graciously, and the first Cecil B. DeMille award went to him in 1952, the year his penultimate film, The Greatest Show on Earth, premiered. The following year, 1953, at the Tenth Annual Golden Globe Awards gala, Walt Disney received the DeMille award. Such notables (including several future DeMille awardees) as Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Stanley Kramer, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Doris Day, Samuel Fuller, Alan Ladd and others wrote warm congratulatory letters to the Association on this ten-year anniversary.” – Golden Globe Awards Website

Wow!  How would you like to follow those acts?  Well Oprah, you’re in some pretty good company there.  Congratulations.  Now you’re probably asking, “Who was Cecil B. DeMille?”.  Cecil B. DeMille, born in 1881 and died in 1959, was a very successful and sought after director and producer with films such as: The Ten Commandments (1956) with Charlton Heston .  You can read IMDB’s full bio here.