Actress Jane Fonda Sunday evening will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, which honors an individual for their lasing impact on the film industry, while legendary producer Norman Lear will receive the Carol Burnett Award honoring achievement in television.
Fonda, 83, and Lear, 98, will both receive the honors during the Golden Globe Awards ceremony.
Fonda has won seven Golden Globes in her career, beginning with a “most promising newcomer” award in 1962 for “Tall Story.” Her other awards were for films including “Klute,” “Julia” and “Coming Home.” Fonda won back-to-back Oscars for her roles in “Julia” and “Coming Home.”
Her other notable roles include “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They,” “The China Syndrome,” “On Golden Pond,” “The Morning After,” “Cat Ballou,” 9 to 5” and “Barefoot in the Park.” She currently appears in the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” with her “9 to 5” co-star Lily Tomlin.
Fonda is also well known for her political activism, most notably her protests of the Vietnam War, but also on behalf of civil rights causes. She currently holds weekly “Fire Drill Friday” events aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of global warming.
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association takes great pride in bestowing the 2021 Cecil B. DeMille Award to Jane Fonda,” HFPA President Ali Sar said in a statement. “For more than five decades, Jane’s breadth of work has been anchored in her unrelenting activism, using her platform to address some of the most important social issues of our time.
“Her undeniable talent has gained her the highest level of recognition, and while her professional life has taken many turns, her unwavering commitment to evoking change has remained. We are honored to celebrate her achievements at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards.”
Past recipients of the Cecil B. DeMille Award include Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Audrey Hepburn, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Sophia Loren, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington and Robin Williams. Tom Hanks was given the honor last year.
Lear, the man behind groundbreaking shows such as “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Sanford and Son,” will be the third recipient of the Carol Burnett Award, which was created by the HFPA as the television version of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Burnett was the first recipient, followed by Ellen DeGeneres last year.
The Carol Burnett Award honors a person “who has made outstanding contributions to the television medium on or off the screen.”
“Norman Lear is among the most prolific creators of this generation,” Sar said. “His career has spanned the Golden Age and the streaming era. His progressive approach addressing controversial topics through humor prompted a cultural shift that allowed social and political issues to be reflected in television. His work revolutionized the industry and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is honored to name him as the 2021 Carol Burnett Award recipient.”
An Air Force veteran, Lear began his television career in the early 1950s, writing for the “Colgate Comedy Hour” and “The Martin and Lewis Show.”
He became a force in American television production with a string of successful sitcoms that pushed societal barriers and tackled pressing political topics, beginning with the timeless comedy “All in the Family,” and followed by hits including “Sanford and Son,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons” and “One Day at a Time.”
Lear is a six-time Emmy winner — his last two coming in the past two years in partnership with Jimmy Kimmel for live revivals of “All in the Family,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons.”
He is currently working on an animated reboot of “Good Times” for Netflix and recently produced a documentary on actress Rita Moreno, who starred in a recent reboot of “One Day at a Time.”