DeMille Award Recipient Woody Allen Not Expected To Attend Golden Globes

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 Woody Allen Golden Globesattend 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.”

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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.

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  1. Pretty sure they’ll stay mum that he is in fact attending, cast some of his most notable collaborators (Diane Keaton, Scarlett Johanson, Penelope Cruz) to speak his praises, them bring Woody out at the last minute to make a grand an emotional entrance.

    Nobody doesn’t show up for a DeMille.


    1. No he won’t show. If he didn’t appear for any of his Oscar years, he certainly won’t elevate the hokey Globes’ status by appearing for them. That would be Bizarro Planet time.

  2. I’m pretty sure that in the future, people will look back on awards ceremonies with ridicule and Woody Allen will be revered for his authenticity.

  3. Except that this is an honorary award, not a competitive one, so it’s not out of line to believe he might make an exception.

  4. Woody Allen has been making films for, what, around 50 years now? That, alone, is worth some distinction. Love him or hate him, he has carved out a niche in the industry, whether he appears in his films or not.

    Now, of course, he’s given a big “buzz off” to the US in general because of the cost of making movies here, favoring international locations like London, Paris, etc.

    So it’s no wonder that the Hollywood FOREIGN Press – all 90 or so of them – would honor Woody for his craft, especially since he’s mostly working over there. Woody does deserve the accolade, but he may still choose to not appear, and that’s fine.

    But at the end of the day, it’s still the Golden Globes, a generally lightweight awards show that only really matters to the trailer creators that use the prefix “Colden Globe nominee/winner” in their ads. Other than that, the show – like the awards – is nothing more than a self-congratulatory dinner by one of the smallest professional associations in the industry.

  5. The only merit these awards shows could ever display would be to honor films so that in generations to come they would be viewed by future moviegoers as representatives of the best of their time.

    However, that one simple goal has not been achieved by any of these over-the-top schmoozfest, B.S. self-congratulatory (to the point of nearing masturbation) awards shows. Look at the films that have been deemed amongst the best, most important classics – few have won any Top Awards honors – Vertigo, Citizen Kane to name a few. So, Woody Allen is quite right about not attending.

  6. Human’s vote so of course awards shows are not perfect. However, these shows publicize usually worthy films, and that might get people out of their homes to see a movie. The money this generates pays the salaries of not just rich actors, but film crews, working class studio employees, production company secretaries, production assistants and many more. Anything that increases the audience for films is a good thing, and everyone making money from films should support these shows whenever possible.

  7. Why are they giving out an award named for a man who created a movie that restarted the KKK in America? Which then went on to terrorize and murder thousands of African Americans? I would never accept an award named after him. Might as well accept the Martin Borman or Joseph Stalin award.

    1. Ha ha, that was one of my first thoughts too. Someone above made a Buzz Lightyear reference, but really, if Allen goes that route, it should be Tom Hanks (Woody) accepting.

      Am going to have to think who else would make a good “in lieu of” acceptance person. The night of the 2014 Golden Globes (January 12th)is Howard Stern’s birthday – so may he should send Howard.

  8. If he(Woody Allen)refuses the award my suggestion would be to give it to another legendary comedic genius of 20th century modern era cinema comedy.His name is…..JERRY LEWIS!!!!

  9. Considering this is an honorary award, I think he should show up. I think it’s disrespectful to Cecille B. DeMille to refuse an honorary award with her name. Even if he doesn’t show up for whatever reason, he should AT LEAST show his appreciation and accept the award in some other public forum.

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