The 2019 awards season kicked off with the 76th Golden Globes held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California, with the rock band Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” winning the top honor of Best Motion Picture-Drama.
But among the many other awards given out that night (morning in the Philippines), there were two trophies that stood out, awarded to two individuals whose contributions to the acting industry have spanned decades.
Carol Burnett makes history again
From being the first woman to host a variety sketch show, TV legend Carol Burnett made history once more by being given the inaugural lifetime achievement in television award, which is named after her (Carol Burnett Award).
“I am really gobsmacked by this. Does this mean I get to accept it every year?” the 85-year old actress joked.
Burnett grew up with movies having been raised by her grandmother, watching as much as eight a week. “Regardless of the medium what fascinated me was the way the stars on the screen could make people laugh or cry or sometimes both,” she said.
That was the moment she knew she wanted to be on television, “Those dreams came true.” Burnett became a household name when her “The Carol Burnett Show” debuted in 1967. The show continued for another 11 years, winning 25 Emmy awards.
Burnett herself has won 6 Golden Globes from 14 nominations, 11 of them due to “The Carol Burnett Show”. She also established the Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Competition at her alma mater, The University of California, and the Carrie Hamilton Foundation, after her daughter who passed away in 2002.
Jeff Bridges given the Cecil B. DeMille Award
Meanwhile the Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” was given to Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges.
Considered under-appreciated to some, the 69-year old actor looked as youthful as his first big-shot appearance in “The Last Picture Show”, a role that garnered him his first Oscar nomination and launched his illustrious career.
“Hell or High Water” co-star Chris Pine handed him the award, saying he was “a master craftsman and a kind and wonderful gentleman.” Coming from a family of notable actors, Bridges said that he “looked at [my] life through the filtered movies.”
Bridges starred in Joel and Ethan Coen’s cult classic “The Big Lebowski” as the titular character, “The Dude”. “If I’m lucky, I’ll be associated with The Dude for the rest of my life. I feel honored to be a part of that film,” said the actor in his acceptance speech.
He won his sole competitive Golden Globe and Academy Award for his leading role in 2009’s “Crazy Heart”. In 2018 he starred in “Bad Times at the El Royale” along with Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, and Dakota Johnson.
Other noteworthy veteran winners
Glenn Close pulled off one of the surprises over the night, beating out Lady Gaga from “A Star Is Born” for the Best Actress- Drama award for her role in “The Wife”. It is Close’s second win from 14 nominations.
Addressing a standing ovation, the 71-year old said she was thinking of her mother. “We have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say I can do that and I should be allowed to do that,” she said in her acceptance speech.
Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin took home the Best Comedy Series, with the 74-year old Douglas also winning the Best Actor-Comedy award.
He dedicated the win to his 102-year-old father, the legendary Kirk Douglas. Last 2018, the younger Douglas finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – the elder Douglas was in attendance that day.
Story from AP
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