Multiple Oscar and Golden Globe winner Denzel Washington will be honored at the upcoming Golden Globes ceremony with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his countless contributions to the film and entertainment industry, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Monday.
Boasting primarily of an illustrious action career, Washington first gained recognition in 1988 for his role in the lesser known biopic Cry Freedom for which he earned his first prestigious award nomination. His first Golden Globe win came from his performance as Private Trip in the Civil War drama Glory (1989)– in the supporting actor category. Washington then went on to receive the Best Actor honor for his performance as real-life boxer Rubin Carter in The Hurricane. His five other Globe nominations came from starring roles in the films Malcolm X (1992), Training Day (2001), American Gangster (2007), and Flight (2012).
Washington is also known for starring in many of the late Tony Scott’s action thrillers, including Man On Fire, Deja Vu, The Taking of Pelham 123, and Unstoppable.
Lorenzo Soria, President of the HFPA, said in a statement: “Washington’s long and storied career is earmarked by his countless roles in front and behind the camera. It is the HFPA’s privilege to honor his contributions to the entertainment industry with the Cecil B. DeMille Award.”
The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 10, 2016 and will be hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais.