Golden Globes: Oprah Winfrey to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

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The actress and mogul will be honored during the Jan. 7 telecast.

Oprah Winfrey will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the upcoming Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday.

The prolific actress and entertainment mogul most recently starred in the Emmy-nominated The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from HBO Films, and next plays Mrs. Which in Ava DuVernay's Wrinkle in Time adaptation, which Disney will release in March. She previously earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in The Color Purple, and was also featured in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Selma

Winfrey, who hosted the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years, is the chairman and CEO of the cable network OWN. She is also the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and oversees Harpo Films. This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which Winfrey established in 2007 to provide education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world.

The annual DeMille award honors those with "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." Recent recipients include Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Warren Beatty.

"As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today," stated HFPA president Meher Tatna. "For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards."

The honoree was announced by 2012 DeMille Award recipient Morgan Freeman during the Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special, which aired Wednesday night on NBC.

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. Seth Meyers will host the ceremony, to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Shape of Water leads the film nominees with seven, followed by The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with six apiece. Big Little Lies tops the TV categories with six noms, followed by Feud: Bette and Joan with four.

Watch a clip of Freeman announcing the news below.