TV mogul Oprah Winfrey has earned her Cecil B. DeMille Award for astonishing accomplishments in the entertainment career. She will be presented with the award at the 2018 Golden Globe ceremony.
Oprah Winfrey is next year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, presented by Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The news was shared by actor Morgan Freeman, who won the award back in 2012. “It is my distinct pleasure to announce that the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award honoree is Oprah Winfrey”, the actor said during the Golden Globes 75th anniversary special.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna explained the decision: “For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades”. Tatna added that the TV personality and philantropist was – and still is – “one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved”.
Oprah Winfrey became a TV icon through her worldwide populat TV show bearing her name, which aired for 25 seasons, over a time span of 25 years, from 1986 to 2011. This makes it the longest-running talk show in daytime television.
She founded the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in January 2011.
Winfrey was also cast in a number of highly acclaimed films, such as The Color Purple (1985) – for which she received an Academy Award nomination – The Butler (2013), Selma (2014) and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017).
“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today”, concluded Meher Tatna.
As for her charity work, Oprah was named among the 50 most generous Americans by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine in 2004 and did not leave the list for 6 years. She has made donations totaling over $400 million, according to Forbes.