Denzel Washington will receive the 2016 Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The group’s annual career will be presented during the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 1o. The actor-director-producer has a pair Globes on his mantel — for his lead performance as boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in The Hurricane (1999) and playing a defiant Union private in the 1989 Civil War drama Glory.
The Flight and Unstoppable star most recently toplined last year’s The Equalizer and wrapped The Magnificent Seven for his Training Day helmer Antoine Fuqua. He also starred on Broadway last year in A Raisin In The Sun. He will next direct the movie version of August Wilson’s Fences for Paramount Pictures; he previously starred in the 2010 revival alongside Viola Davis, who returns for the film. Both won Tony Awards for performances.
“Washington’s long and storied career is earmarked by his countless roles in front and behind the camera,” said HFPA President Lorenzo Soria. “It is the HFPA’s privilege to honor his contributions to the entertainment industry with the Cecil B. DeMille Award.”
George Clooney received the 2015 DeMille Award.