Golden Globes: Meryl Streep to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

Meryl Streep
Miller Mobley

Into the Woods is an ensemble piece if ever there was one. But the vengeful Witch who imprisons Rapunzel in a tower looms just a little bit larger than the other characters. The part required an actress of a certain age with a big range and powerful pipes. Marshall immediately thought of Streep. If she could belt out ABBA tunes -- as she had in 2008's Mamma Mia!, her biggest hit ever, grossing $600 million worldwide -- she could handle Stephen Sondheim. There was just one problem. Streep had a no-witch policy.

The 'Florence Foster Jenkins' actress will be honored during the Jan. 8 telecast.

Meryl Streep will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the upcoming Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday.

The prolific actress, who has won eight Golden Globes and collected 29 nominations, most recently starred in Florence Foster Jenkinsdirected 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.

"It’s no surprise that the HFPA has chosen Meryl Streep as the recipient of the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award," said HFPA president Lorenzo Soria in a statement. "Meryl’s enthralling body of work across a diverse set of genres has made her a role model over the past 40 years, and she will continue to do so for generations to come. She has always taken roles with strong female leads, creating art by showing vulnerability and portraying truth on the big screen. Simply put, she is a trailblazer, having paved the way for women in television, film and stage. For shattering gender and age barriers, all with finesse and grace, the HFPA is humbled to bestow this honor upon her."

The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. Jimmy Fallon will host the ceremony, to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.