George Clooney to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

George Clooney
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George Clooney has been tapped to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 72nd annual Golden Globes.

The Jan. 11 ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Previous recipients of the lifetime achievement honor include Woody Allen last year and Jodie Foster in 2013.

Clooney, a four-time Golden Globe winner, has been nominated 13 times by the HFPA in his illustrious career. He has also won two Academy Awards, most recently as producer of the 2013 best picture winner “Argo.”

In a career spanning three decades, the Lexington-Ky.-born multi-hyphenate has appeared in over 40 films and TV shows since cementing his star status with the 90s TV drama “E.R.” He later pursued a career in film and has since directed five features, including “Good Night and Good Luck,” “The Ides of March” and “The Monuments Men.”

“I grew up in a family of storytellers,” he recently told Variety.

Son of a TV news anchor and nephew to singer Rosemarie Clooney, the former Sexiest Man Alive has become one of Hollywood’s most outspoken philanthropists lately — he documented the genocide in Darfur in a 2006 film and later testified on Capitol Hill about the crisis in Sudan.

“I like the ability to shine light and make it loud,” Clooney said.

The 53 year-old co-owner of Smokehouse Pictures, which he operates with longtime collaborator Grant Heslov, can next be seen in Disney’s “Tomorrowland” before reuniting with the Coen brothers on the drama “Hail Caesar!”

Fey and Poehler teased him at last year’s Golden Globes, when they referred to best picture nominee “Gravity” as “the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”

Clooney is expected to marry this fall.



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  1. Clooney haters can drink bleach and die. The Man can do no wrong. Except “The American.”

  2. lola says:

    George has got to be seething that Angelina Jolie received the BIG award, the Jean Hersholt honorary Oscar and he didn’t. This is his consolation prize. An over the top wedding that could have fed thousands does not go hand in hand with a devoted humanitarian, just in case George didn’t know that little fact.

  3. Annie says:

    I keep hearing John Lloyd Young is a contender for Jersey Boys. I think that would be awesome, and well-deserved!

  4. Amy says:

    Next Year: Matt Damon haha

    What a joke

    • Maggie says:

      In fact Matt Damon maybe a better choice than Clooney, at least I can name some nice movies of Matt Damon but Clooney…Batman and Robin?

  5. Amy says:

    This ER fool is getting a lifetime achievement award? For what?

  6. Jeff Lanctot says:

    I’ve always liked George Clooney’s work but isn’t he too young for a lifetime achievement award? I mean, his career in films isn’t that long. And if age isn’t an issue, then wouldn’t someone like Tom Hanks be more deserving at this time?

    • GKN says:

      He’s about the same age as Jodie Foster. Where were all you squawkers when she got hers? Pfft…!

      • Jeff Lanctot says:

        The difference is Jodie Foster started her career at the age of 7 and made her first film at the age of 10. I’m not saying Clooney’s resume isn’t impressive but it is nowhere as long as Foster or Tom Hanks’ career, who in my opinion would be deserving of the achievement first.

  7. Annie says:

    “Argo”, “Good Night and Good Luck”, “The Ides of March” and “The Monuments Men”…Even Variety can’t explain why this guy will get a cecil b. demille award.

    • Big Ed says:

      I agree with Annie. I legitimately clicked on this article trying to see what in his career I may have missed that warrants such a thing. “An Academy Award for Argo”? We can’t credit him for making Argo great, can we? I thought a few of his films were above average (Michael Clayton comes to mind) but more often he seems to be mailing it in (several Oceans 11 movies come to mind).

      I guess he’s getting it for once being the sexiest man alive?

  8. TONY says:

    OH NO!

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