Oprah Winfrey to Become First African American Woman to Receive the Cecile B DeMille Award

Oprah Winfrey is a media mogul, philanthropist, entrepreneur, an award-winning actress and now the recipient of the prestigious Cecil B DeMille award. It has been announced that Winfrey will receive the award at the 75th Golden Globes for her impact on the entertainment world.

According to Variety, each recipient is chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) board of directors and must be someone who made “an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” President of the HFPA, Meher Tatna, said Winfrey exemplifies this qualification for the generations she has “celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.”

“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,” Tatna said in a statement. “Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards.”

The 63-year-old actress took to Twitter after the exciting announcement, calling the award an “honor.”

Winfrey, who will be the first African American woman and the 15th woman to receive the award, will join honorees including Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Audrey Hepburn, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Lucille Ball, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg, Sophia Loren, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Sidney Poitier.

The 75th Annual Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air live on Sunday, January 7th 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC. Check out the 2012 award recipient, Morgan Freeman, announce Oprah Winfrey as the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient below!

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