Three-time Oscar winner and eight-time Golden Globe winner Meryl Streep will be receiving the top prize at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards early next year. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Streep will be the next recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is given out annually for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
The award was first given out in 1952 and is named after its first recipient. Since then, recipients have included Walt Disney, Judy Garland (the first female recipient, in 1962), Sidney Poitier (the first African-American recipient, in 1982), and most recently, Denzel Washington and George Clooney.
“Meryl’s enthralling body of work across a diverse set of genres has made her a role model over the past 40 years, and she will continue to do so for generations to come,” said HFPA president Lorenzo Soria. “She has always taken roles with strong female leads, creating art by showing vulnerability and portraying truth on the big screen. Simply put, she is a trailblazer, having paved the way for women in television, film and stage. For shattering gender and age barriers, all with finesse and grace, the HFPA is humbled to bestow this honor upon her.”
Streep holds the records of actor nominations for both the Golden Globes (29) and the Oscars (19) and her extensive and varied career make her a clear choice for this award. She will likely also be nominated in the lead actress in a comedy/musical category for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins.
Her eight Golden Globe wins were for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), Sophie’s Choice (1982), Adaptation (2002), Angels in America (2003), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Julie & Julia (2009), and The Iron Lady (2011).
The Golden Globes will be held on Sunday, January 8.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor