Golden Globes: Jeff Bridges Enthusiastically Accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -  Jeff Bridges, winner of Cecil B. Demille Award - Publicity-H 2019
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The Globe winner and four-time nominee was honored during the Jan. 6 telecast

Jeff Bridges received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2019 Golden Globes on Sunday night and the veteran actor was nothing short of grateful.

"We're alive!" said Bridges while accepting the award from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which was presented to him by former co-star Chris Pine. Bridges doled out a long list of thanks, including to his wife, Susan Geston, and brother and fellow actor Beau Bridges, who were in attendance. He even thanked his longtime stand-in of 50 years.

He then used trim trab and tagging analogies while reflecting on his life and work to inspire others to make an impact on the world. "We can make a difference," he enthusiastically declared. "We can turn this ship in the way we want to go, man! We can turn this ship toward love, toward creating a healthy planet for all of us. Tag, you're it!"

Bridges, a Globe winner and four-time nominee, has starred in films such as The Big Lebowski (“If I’m lucky I’ll be associated with The Dude for the rest of my life,” he said of the iconic character during his speech) Crazy Heart and True Grit. He received his first Golden Globe nom in 1984 for his performance in Starman. Bridges was also nominated for The Fisher King, 2001's The Contender and 2017's Hell or High Water.

The star most recently appeared in 20th Century Fox's Bad Times at the El Royale and the environmental documentary Living in the Future's Past. Apart from acting, Bridges serves as the national spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign, aimed to end childhood hunger in America. 

The Cecil B. DeMille award has become a spotlight moment during the awards show in the last two years. Both Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep in 2018 and 2017, respectively, used their moment on stage to deliver rousing and politically minded speeches that dominated the news cycles for days following the show. Winfrey was the first black woman — and the 15th woman overall — to be honored with the award.

The annual DeMille award honors those with "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." Past recent recipients also include Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Warren Beatty.

The 76th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, aired live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on NBC. Tune in after the telecast for The Hollywood Reporter and Twitter's official live aftershow

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