HOLLYWOOD — Writer/director Woody Allen — notorious for his avoidance of awards shows — will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association during January’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony, the HFPA announced Friday, Sept. 13.
Whether Allen will show up to accept is a mystery.
“There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” according to Theo Kingma, president of the HFPA. “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he truly is an international treasure.”
The award — most recently presented to Jodie Foster — recognizes an individual for “an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.”
Allen, 77, won Oscars in 1978 for writing and directing “Annie Hall,” in 1987 for writing “Hannah and Her Sisters” and in 2012 for writing “Midnight in Paris.” He has earned a host of other nominations for films including “Match Point,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “Manhattan” and “Broadway Danny Rose.”
He won Golden Globes for penning “Midnight in Paris” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo.”
Allen is renowned for avoiding awards shows. He has never accepted an Oscar or Golden Globe in person, usually spending Oscar night playing clarinet at a New York jazz club.
The prolific writer-director did make one appearance at the Academy Awards in 2002 to encourage filmmakers to continue working in New York in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Allen received a standing ovation when he walked on stage, then joked that the warm welcome “makes up for the strip search” — a reference to heightened security at the event in response to the terror attacks.
The Golden Globe Awards ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 12 at the Beverly Hilton.