Oprah Winfrey will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the upcoming Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday.
The previously nominated actress and entertainment mogul most recently starred in the Emmy-nominated The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from HBO Films, and next plays Mrs. Which in Ava DuVernay’s Wrinkle in Time adaptation, which Disney will release in March.
Winfrey, who hosted the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years, is the chairman and CEO of the cable network OWN. She is also the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and oversees Harpo Films. This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which Winfrey established in 2007 to provide education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world.
The annual DeMille award honors those with “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Recent recipients include Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Warren Beatty.
“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today,” stated HFPA president Meher Tatna. “For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards.”
The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.