Why Is Cecil B. DeMille Award Important? Things To Know About Prize Meryl Streep Won At Golden Globes

Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Robin Williams
Cecil B. DeMille Award is an honor given to entertainment artists for their contribution to the industry development. It has been received by notorious names like Walt Disney in 1953; Bing Crosby in 1960; Bette Davis in 1974; Clint Easwood in 1988; Sophia Loren in 1995; Jack Nicholson in 1999; Steven Spielberg in 2009; Denzel Washington in 2016 and Meryl Streep this year. Getty Images

Besides the Streep Vs. Trump feud, there’s more to say and to know about the Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award.

This is an honorary Golden Globe Award granted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. The first award was given to American filmmaker Cecil Blount DeMille on February 21, 1952. The honor is named after the legendary American director. DeMille is acknowledged as a founding father of the cinema of the United States and the most commercially successful producer-director in film history. Titles like “The Squaw Man” from 1914 or “The Ten Commandments” from 1923 gave him big success and the name that will be remembered forever especially because of this particular Golden Globe honor that holds his name.

The award has been given to notorious names like Walt Disney in 1953; Bing Crosby in 1960; Bette Davis in 1974; Clint Eastwood in 1988; Sophia Loren in 1995; Jack Nicholson in 1999; Steven Spielberg in 2009; Denzel Washington on 2016 and to Meryl Streep this year.  

Scroll through the gallery above to see an overview of some of the winners over the years.

 

 

 

George Clooney
Actor/director George Clooney, recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, poses in the press room during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. Getty Images
Jodie Foster
Actress Jodie Foster receives the Cecil B. Demille Award on stage during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom on January 13, 2013. Getty Images
Morgan Freeman
Actor Morgan Freeman poses in the press room with the Cecil B. DeMille Golden Globe award for career achievement at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012. Getty Images
Robert De Niro
Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Robert De Niro poses in the press room at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011. Getty Images
Steven Spielberg
Cecil B. DeMille award recipient Steven Spielberg poses in the press room at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 Getty Images
Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas
Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award Actor Michael Douglas pose backstage at the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 25, 2004. Getty Images
Robin Williams
Actor Robin Williams poses with his award as recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005. Getty Images
Anthony Hopkins
Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins with his Cecil B. DeMille Award poses backstage during 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 16, 2006. Getty Images
Warren Beatty
Actor Warren Beatty accepts the Cecille B. DeMille award onstage while actor Tom Hanks looks on during the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 15, 2007. Getty Images
Meryl Streep
On January 9, 2017, Meryl Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award as the last recipient. Getty Images