Viola Davis presented the honor to the prolific actress, who has won eight Golden Globes and collected 29 nominations. “Her artistry reminds us of the impact of what it means to be an artist, which is to make us feel less alone,” Davis told her Doubt co-star. “You make me proud to be an artist. You make me feel that what I have in me — my body, my face, my age — is enough.” Fellow actresses such as Anna Kendrick, Laverne Cox and Mindy Kaling praised Streep’s speech on social media.
At the Beverly Hilton Hotel ceremony, Streep also was nominated for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins, directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin.
The annual DeMille award honors those with “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Recent recipients include Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Warren Beatty.
Jan. 9, 9:50 a.m. A previous version of this article incorrectly noted Ryan Gosling’s name. THR regrets the error.