UPDATE: So last year I couldn’t bear to watch Marty Scorsese paying tribute to Steven Spielberg for the bogus Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. Demille Award, and vice versa (“There’s my inspiration right there,” Steven said about Marty). It was too painfully embarrassing. I don’t know why great Hollywood talents don’t just say no to dumb Hollywood awards bestowed by even dumber Hollywood organizations. According to today’s announcement, for the 2010 Golden Globes, it’ll by Marty’s turn to be honored. I hope he doesn’t miss the opportunity to plead for more film financing — something Spielberg didn’t do — because then I’d congratulate him for the reality check and so would every filmmaker caught in the current credit crunch. Here’s the HFPA statement:
HOLLYWOOD, CA–(Marketwire – November 12, 2009) – Martin Scorsese will be honored at “The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards” on January 17 with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his “outstanding contribution to the entertainment field.” The award is voted by the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live coast to coast Sunday, January 17 on NBC (5 to 8 pm PT, 8 to 11 pm ET) from The Beverly Hilton.
Scorsese received two Golden Globe Awards for “Best Director of a Motion Picture”; for “The Departed” and “Gangs of New York.” He received five additional Golden Globe nominations, including four as Best Director (“Casino,” “Age of Innocence,” “Goodfellas,” and Raging Bull”) and one for Best Screenplay for “Raging Bull” (with Nicolas Pileggi).
Recent Cecil B. DeMille winners include Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005) and Michael Douglas (2004).