It looks like Woody Allen will be staying true to his principles of shunning awards shows (and Los Angeles). I hear that the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker is not expected to attend the Golden Globes in January, where he will be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. I hear the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the decision to honor Allen without securing a commitment from him that he would attend. “There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” the HFPA said in September when making the announcement. “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal, and he truly is an international treasure.”
Getting Allen to go to the Globes would’ve been an incredible coup as he is notorious about ignoring trophy shows. He wasn’t present to receive any of his four Oscars out of 23 nominations and has shied away from the Golden Globes despite 13 nominations and two wins. In fact, the only awards show he ever attended was the 2002 Academy Awards as an ambassador of New York, thanking Hollywood for its support of his beloved city post-9/11 (video below). Allen expressed his disdain for awards four decades ago when his Sleeper was ignored by the Academy. “The whole concept of awards is silly,” he was quoted as saying in 1974. “I cannot abide by the judgment of other people, because if you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don’t.” I can’t think of a recent instance when the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award did not show up. It is unclear how NBC and the producers will handle Allen’s absence. The speeches of the award’s recipients often produce some of the most memorable moments at the Golden Globes, like Jodie Foster’s emotional acceptance this year, which stirred a lot of buzz and a slew of interpretations, with some perceiving it as a coming-out moment.