Oprah Winfrey (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”) will receive one of the highest honors in Hollywood for her work in film and television. The actor, host, producer, entrepreneur and American icon will receive the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, set to air this January. 2012 Cecil B. DeMille award winner Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) will present the award, announcing Winfrey’s honor in a special video clip aired during Wednesday night’s Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) “Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special.”
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is given each year to a “talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment,” according to Deadline. The description is a perfect fit for Winfrey, who graced TV screens for decades with “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” a ground-breaking talk show that captured America’s heart. In between hosting duties, a booming business empire and generous philanthropy, Winfrey launched her own TV network, “OWN,” and has also become a role model for young women and girls. Winfrey is the fourth actor to receive the prestigious honor, alongside Sidney Poitier (“In the Heat of the Night”), Denzel Washington (“Fences”) and Freeman.
Winfrey has also made her mark as an actor, receiving a Golden Globe award nomination for her role in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” and an Emmy nomination for her role in HBO Film’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” She was also featured in Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” and Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” both critically acclaimed, and teamed up again with DuVernay for the upcoming film “A Wrinkle in Time” as the fantastical Mrs. Which.
Coincidentally, 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, founded in South Africa in 2007. Established to provide a good education to gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, the academy’s graduates have since gone on to colleges and universities around the world.
The 75th Golden Globe Awards will air Jan. 7, 2018. Watch Freeman’s announcement of Winfrey’s accolade below.