Talk show host and actress Oprah Winfrey will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association during next month’s Golden Globe Awards, the association announced.

The award is presented to a performer who has made “an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” Meryl Streep was last year’s recipient. Other past recipients include Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Robin Williams and Martin Scorsese.

While best known for her 25-year stint as host of the syndicated afternoon talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Winfrey received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in “The Color Purple.” She also appeared in the films “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Selma.”

Winfrey starred in the made-for-HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and will appear in “Wrinkle in Time” set to be released in March.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna called Winfrey “a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress” who “has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world.”

The announcement was made by Morgan Freeman during the “Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special” on NBC

Winfrey will receive the award at the Jan. 7 Golden Globes ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, hosted by Seth Meyers.

—City News Service

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