Golden Globes: Diane Keaton Accepts Woody Allen's Cecil B. DeMille Award

Diane Keaton on Stage Golden Globes - P 2014
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Diane Keaton on Stage Golden Globes - P 2014

The "Annie Hall" actress and the director's upcoming star Emma Stone praised his work and words.

Woody Allen wasn't on hand to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday's Golden Globes, but he was saluted by two of his many leading ladies, Diane Keaton, from 1977's Annie Hall, who accepted the award on his behalf, and Emma Stone, who stars in Allen's upcoming film, Magic in the Moonlight, his 49th movie as a writer and director.

Allen's words and works also took center stage as both Keaton and Stone quoted the legendary director and the Globes presented a highlight reel of his films, including scenes and title cards from Annie Hall, Bullets Over Broadway, Manhattan, Stardust Memories, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris, Blue Jasmine and more.

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Stone introduced Allen's work, saying, "The experience of working on that film with Woody changed my life and that is no surprise. Woody's work has been changing the way we think about life, love and the pursuit of neuroses for decades."

She then pointed out that Allen quoted Groucho Marx in Annie Hall when he said he wouldn't want to belong to any club that would have him for a member. "Well, Woody, you are pretty much screwed," Stone said.

After the highlight reel played, Keaton, who won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her role in Annie Hall, then took the stage.

She began by marveling at how many actresses have played Allen's memorable female characters.

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"It's kind of hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that 179 of the world's most captivating actresses have appeared in Woody Allen's films," she said. "And there's a reason for this. And the reason is, they wanted to. They wanted to because Woody's women can't be compartmentalized. They struggle, they love, they fall apart, they dominate, they're flawed. They are, in fact, the hallmark of Woody's work. But what's even more remarkable is absolutely nothing links these unforgettable characters from the fact that they came from the mind of Woody Allen."

Keaton also quoted Allen, recalling that the director once said, "One of the nice things about writing or any art is that if the thing's real, it just kind of lives. All the success over it or the rejection, none of that really matters because in the end, the thing will survive or not survive on its merits. Immortality via art is no big deal. Francois Truffaut died. His films live on, but that's not much help to Francois Truffaut. As I've said many times, rather than live on in the hearts and minds of my fellow man, I would rather live on in my apartment."

Indeed, that's probably where Allen is right now, and Keaton said that if Allen, her friend of 45 years, saw her speech, he'd say, "get the hook and get her off the God damn stage," with the overzealous Golden Globes production team now cutting the sound on Keaton's cursing and her next remarks, none of which seemed inappropriate.

Keaton finished her presentation by singing the Girl Scouts song, dedicating it to her longtime friend.

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Allen has written and directed more than 45 films, winning four Oscars and two Golden Globes. His most recent movie, Blue Jasmine, was nominated for two Golden Globes Sunday night, with star Cate Blanchett later winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture drama.

The Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient is chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Board of Directors and is given to talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.

Previous recipients include Jodie Foster (2013), Morgan Freeman, (2012), Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001) and Barbra Streisand (2000).

Allen's son, Ronan Farrow, who has previously called out his dad for having an affair with his mom's adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, took his father to task again on Twitter Sunday night.