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Another old white guy to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award

November 12, 2009 | 10:47 am

Martin Scorsese

This year's recipient of the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award will be Martin Scorsese, a great, deserving filmmaker, of course, but part of a pattern that's grown tiresome. Isn't the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. an international group that's supposed to be sensitive to ethnic diversity? Fifty-six honorary DeMille Awards have been bestowed since 1952. Only one has gone to a person of color (Sidney Poitier); 46 have gone to men. See the full list here.

At least they're not going to bestow this one to Scorsese on Martin Luther King Day like the HFPA did in 2006 when the recipient was Anthony Hopkins.

When can a woman break into this old boys' club? Barbra Streisand was the last of the few who've managed to sneak in -- back in 2000.

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The Cecil B. DeMille is about a lifetime achievement and a body of work, not about political correctness, quotas, ethnicity, or gender. Just like Steven Spielberg last year, Martin Scorsese is well deserving of this award. Not many filmmakers have come close to matching his achievements in the industry. Would love to see Marty direct the Cecil B. DeMille biopic.

The HFPA "an international group that's supposed to be sensitive to ethnic diversity"? Hardly. Just comparing the list of black Oscar nominees to those nominated by the HPFA, the HFPA failed to nominate John Singleton, Paul Winfield, Laurence Fishburne, Rupert Crosse, Jaye Davidson, Margaret Avery, Sophie Okonedo, Ruby Dee, and Taraji P. Henson for their Oscar-nominated work. And the only non-white director to win has been Ang Lee, so until another few years have passed at least, I don't see the DeMille award being out of character with HFPA history.


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