It was confirmed that the legendary 61-year-old comedian will be awarded one of the highest honors at that much-discussed and devalued ceremony of late.
The famous American actor eddy murphy will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Honorary Award in recognition of his career at the 80th Golden Globe Awards to be held on January 10, 2023.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award recognizes the career of a prominent figure in the film industry. Some of the stars who have won it before are Jane Fonda, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Jodie Foster and Robert De Niro.
The distinction is not without importance, although it occurs within the framework of the controversial Golden Globes awards, so discussed and devalued in recent years, due to the low suitability of their voters and the excess gifts from film distributors to the partners.
The official statement
“It is an honor to present this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award to the iconic and much-loved Eddie Murphy. We are thrilled to celebrate the impact his career has had on film and television, in front of and behind the cameras, over the decades,” said Helen Hoehne, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The delivery ceremony will be at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, and will be hosted by comedian Jerrod Carmichael.
The beginnings in stand-up and TV
Eddie Murphy began his artistic career as one of the pioneers of stand-up, following the path of figures such as Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and Bill Cosby. Comedians who cite him as an influence are Russell Brand, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock.
Then he was part of the cast of Saturday night Live between 1980 and 1984. His most famous characters included an adult version of little Buckwheat, from the old series Little Rascals, a streetwise children’s show host named Mr. Robinson (a parody of Fred Rogers); and a cynical and cranky Gumby doll whose catchphrase was “I’m Gumby, dammit!”.
The Buckwheat character was removed in spectacular fashion, murdered on camera in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, at Murphy’s request, after he got fed up with the constant demands from fans to “Do Buckwheat! Do Buckwheat!”
The big screen
He debuted on the big screen in 1982 in 48 hours. (with Nick Nolte) and consolidated his career thanks to titles like A detective on the loose in Hollywood (which grossed over $230 million),A Prince in New York, The Nutty Professor Y Dr Dolittle. He did the voice of the donkey in Shrek.
The interpreter took the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in 2007 for his role in Dreamgirls, after having been nominated five other times. The Bill Condon-directed film also earned him an Oscar nomination.
His career took a new leap in 2019 with my name is dolemite and when in 2021 he premiered A prince in New York 2. It will soon appear in the fourth installment of the saga A detective on the loose in Hollywood.
Coming soon, the protagonist of Daddy Day Carewill star in the film you people alongside Jonah Hill for Netflix. In addition, he is preparing a new installment as part of the franchise. A detective on the loose in Hollywood: Axel Foleyfor which he debuted in 1984.
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