Cecil B. DeMille Award Winners: Every Star Who's Ever Earned the Golden Globes' Big Honor

Cecil B. DeMille Award Winners: Every Star Who's Ever Earned the Golden Globes' Big Honor

Jane Fonda, 2021

The esteemed actress will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2021 ceremony on Feb. 28. “It was so unexpected,” she said of finding out she’d receive the award. “And it’s such a great honor. And it made me so happy that I burst into tears.”

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Tom Hanks, 2020

Tom Hanks won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2020, and gave a heartfelt speech thanking his family, his past directors and DeMille himself. 

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Jeff Bridges, 2019

When Jeff Bridges won the Cecil B DeMille Award in 2019, his wife, brother and sister were in the audience to cheer him on as he thanked past costars, his team and even his stand-in.

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Oprah Winfrey, 2018

Oprah Winfrey won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2018, becoming the first Black woman to receive the honor. Her passionate speech began with recollections of watching Sidney Poitier break barriers at awards shows, commentary on the Time’s Up movement and the promise that “a new day is on the horizon.”

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Meryl Streep, 2017

Meryl Streep won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2017 and used her time at the mic to take aim at then-President Donald Trump in a firey speech.

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Denzel Washington, 2016

Denzel Washington won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2016, and brought his family on stage with him for his speech.

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George Clooney, 2015

When George Clooney won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2015, he called out new wife Amal, sweetly saying, “I couldn’t be prouder to be your husband.”

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Woody Allen, 2014

Director Woody Allen won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2014.

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Jodie Foster, 2013

Jodie Foster won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2013; before that, she’d been nominated for 10 Golden Globe Awards and won two.

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Morgan Freeman, 2012

Actor Morgan Freeman won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2012, after earning five Golden Globe Award nominations and one win for 1990’s Driving Miss Daisy.

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Robert De Niro, 2011

Actor Robert De Niro won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2011, after receiving eight prior nominations and one win (1981’s Raging Bull).

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Martin Scorsese, 2010

Director Martin Scorsese won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2010. Prior to that, he had eight Golden Globe nominations and two wins; he’s since been nominated two more times and won once.

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Steven Spielberg, 2009

A 22-time Golden Globe Award nominee and six-time winner, Steven Spielberg won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2009.

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Warren Beatty, 2007

The Golden Globe Awards didn’t happen in 2008 due to the Writer’s Guild of America strike. But one year prior, Warren Beatty won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2007. His first Globes win came in 1962 for most promising newcomer – male. 

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Anthony Hopkins, 2006

Though he’s been nominated for eight Golden Globe Awards, when Anthony Hopkins won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2006, it was his first Globes win.

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Robin Williams, 2005

Robin Williams won the Cecil B. DeMille Awards in 2005. The actor had 10 Globes nominations and five wins, including a special award for his vocal work on Aladdin in 1993. 

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Michael Douglas, 2004

Since Michael Douglas won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2004, he’s won two more Golden Globe Awards, in 2014 and 2019.

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Gene Hackman, 2003

Before Gene Hackman won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2003, the actor had eight Globes nominations and three wins. 

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Harrison Ford, 2002

When Harrison Ford won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2002, he attempted to get away with a short speech, jokingly saying simply “thank you” before launching into a few more words of gratitude.

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Al Pacino, 2001

When Al Pacino won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2002, he was already a two-time Golden Globe winner, and has since won two more Globes.

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Barbra Streisand, 2000

Barbra Streisand won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2000.

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Jack Nicholson, 1999

Jack Nicholson won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1999.

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Shirley McLaine, 1998

Shirley MacLaine won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1998.

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Dustin Hoffman, 1997

Dustin Hoffman won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1997.

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Sean Connery, 1996

Sean Connery won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1996.

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Sophia Loren, 1995

Sophia Loren won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1995.

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Robert Redford, 1994

Robert Redford won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1994.

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Lauren Bacall, 1993

Lauren Bacall won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1993.

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Robert Mitchum, 1992

Actor and director Robert Mitchum won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1992.

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Jack Lemmon, 1991

Jack Lemmon won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1991.

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Audrey Hepburn, 1990

Audrey Hepburn won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1990, just three years before her death.

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Doris Day, 1989

Doris Day won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1989.

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Clint Eastwood, 1988

Clint Eastwood won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1988.

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Anthony Quinn, 1987

Actor Anthony Quinn won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1987.

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Barbara Stanwyck, 1986

Barbara Stanwyck won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1986.

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Elizabeth Taylor, 1985

Elizabeth Taylor won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1985.

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Paul Newman, 1984

Paul Newman won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1984.

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Laurence Olivier, 1983

Laurence Olivier (center) won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1983.

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Sidney Poitier, 1982

Sidney Poitier won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1982. He was the first person of color to receive the honor.

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Gene Kelly, 1981

Gene Kelly won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1981.

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Henry Fonda, 1980

Henry Fonda won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1980. His daughter Jane is being honored in 2021.

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Lucille Ball, 1979

Lucille Ball won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979.

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Red Skelton, 1978

Red Skelton won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1978.

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Walter Mirisch, 1977

Producer Walter Mirisch (left) won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1977.

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Hal B. Wallis, 1975

The award wasn’t given out in 1976, but producer Hal B. Wallis won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1975.

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Bette Davis, 1974

Bette Davis won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1974.

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Samuel Goldwyn, 1973

Producer Samuel Goldwyn won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1973.

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Alfred Hitchcock, 1972

Director Alfred Hitchcock won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1972.

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Frank Sinatra, 1971

Frank Sinatra won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1971.

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Joan Crawford, 1970

Joan Crawford won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1970.

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Gregory Peck, 1969

Gregory Peck (left) won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1969.

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Kirk Douglas, 1968

Kirk Douglas won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1968.

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Charlton Heston, 1967

Charlton Heston won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1967.

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John Wayne, 1966

John Wayne won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1966.

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James Stewart, 1965

James Stewart won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1965.

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Joseph E. Levine, 1964

Producer Joseph E. Levine won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1964.

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Bob Hope, 1963

Bob Hope won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1963.

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Judy Garland, 1962

When Judy Garland won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1962, she became both the youngest person and first female to do so.

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Fred Astaire, 1961

Fred Astaire won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1961. 

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Bing Crosby, 1960

Bing Crosby won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1960.

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Maurice Chevalier, 1959

Actor Maurice Chevalier won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1959.

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Buddy Adler, 1958

Producer Buddy Adler won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1958.

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Mervyn LeRoy, 1957

Actor, director and producer Mervyn LeRoy won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1957.

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Jack L. Warner, 1956

Producer Jack L. Warner won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1956.

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Jean Hersholt, 1955

Actor Jean Hersholt won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1955.

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Darryl F. Zanuck, 1954

Producer Darryl F. Zanuck won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1954.

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Walt Disney, 1953

Walt Disney won the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1953.

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Cecil B. DeMille, 1952

Naturally, Cecil B. DeMille won the Cecil B. DeMille Award himself in 1952, the honor’s very first year.

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