So declared the HFPA Board of Directors Monday afternoon, when it announced the three-time winner and 12-time nominee would again be honored, this time with the Cecil B. DeMille award.
The Globes’ version of a career achievement award — only given out fairly early in the life of the honoree, comparatively — is a “special, prestigious award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Last year, Woody Allen was given the award and Jodie Foster earned it in 2013.
George Clooney will only be 53 years old when he accepts the trophy in January 2015, but he’s not the youngest recipient. Foster was 50 when she won, and Judy Garland was the youngest to be honored when she was 39 in 1962. Robin Williams also was honored at 53 when he won in 2005.
While not a frontrunner for any awards in 2014, Clooney will have one eligible film for the 2015 Globes: February’s WWII dramedy “The Monuments Men.” It would be a surprise to see Clooney’s fifth feature as a director honored considering its so-so reviews, but the HFPA has a tendency to surprise with some of their picks, especially when well-liked stars are attached. (Johnny Depp’s “The Tourist” racked up three nods despite being widely berated.)
Clooney has done extensive work in both film and television, earning three of his 12 nods as an actor on “E.R.” He’s won two Academy Awards, as well, one for producing “Argo” in 2012 and the other as a Supporting Actor for “Syriana” in 2005.
The 72nd annual Golden Globe awards will be given out January 11, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood, CA. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the ceremony, making it a must-see event for film and TV lovers everywhere.