It’s time to write a speech — and don’t forget to mention Mount Vernon. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that Mount Vernon-raised actor Denzel Washington will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2016 Golden Globes.
The coveted award is presented each year to an individual who has contributed outstanding work to the world of entertainment. “Washington’s long and storied career is earmarked by his countless roles in front and behind the camera,” Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria said in a statement. “It is the HFPA’s privilege to honor his contributions to the entertainment industry with the Cecil B. DeMille Award.”
Past recipients, selected by the HFPA Board of Directors, include Bedford’s Michael Douglas (2004), Morgan Freeman, (2012), Steven Spielberg (2009) and Barbra Streisand (2000).
Washington, a two-time Oscar winner, has been nominated for seven Golden Globes. He won the award twice, for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (“The Hurricane”) and Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (“Glory”).
The 73rd Golden Globe Awards will air live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016.