Oprah Winfrey Becomes the First Black Woman to Receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award

Media icon and mogul Oprah Winfrey will make history as the Cecil B. DeMille award’s first black female recipient. In the past, it’s been given to Audrey Hepburn, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, Lucille Ball, Meryl Streep, Sidney Poitier, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, and Steven Spielberg.  Winfrey will receive the award at the The 75th Annual Golden Globes.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced the exciting news on Wednesday, noting that each year, the award is given to a “talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.”  Check out the full announcement above.

Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, released a statement about Winfrey’s fitness for the honor:

“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today. For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards.”

See the full announcement in the video above. The 75th Annual Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air live on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.