1953 – Walt Disney

 Disney In 1928 he created “Steamboat Willie” introducing Mickey Mouse, and from that point there was no stopping the king of family entertainment in the U.S.

1954 – Darryl F. Zanuck

 Zanuck Child actor at 8, World War I soldier at 15 (he lied about his age), bantamweight boxer, screenwriter, producer and co-founder of 20th Century Fox…

1955 – Jean Hersholt

 Hersholt A Dane who came to Hollywood in 1914 when he was 28 and became a leading character actor and well-known humanitarian…

1956 – Jack L. Warner

 Warner Youngest of twelve children of Jewish immigrants from Poland who with three brothers established Warner Bros. which he ran with a firm hand until 1967.

1957 – Mervyn LeRoy

 LeRoy Child actor and newsboy who started in the wardrobe department in 1919 and became a top director/producer.

1958 – Buddy Adler

 Adler Began as a writer and always looked for the strong story, as evidenced in the films during his time as the head of production for 20th Century Fox.

1959 – Maurice Chevalier

 Chevalier The beloved Frenchman came to Hollywood 1929 but was denied re-entry in 1935 due to his political views. By ’59, he was back, however.

1960 – Bing Crosby

 Crosby Vocalist-drummer turned singer turned actor–the world loved that memorable voice and personality, and so did the HFPA.

1961 – Fred Astaire

 Astaire One of the immortals; began his career at age seven, danced with Ginger Rogers in ten films and then with Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell and Cyd Charisse.

1962 – Judy Garland

 Garland Born in a trunk, in films since 1935. When she received the award, “A Star Is Born” and her dramatic vignette in “Judgment at Nuremberg” were fresh in everyone’s memory.

1963 – Bob Hope

 Hope From vaudeville to movies where seven “Road” pictures with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour as well as parodies and comedies made the world love him.

1964 – Joseph E. Levine

 Levine Born in direst poverty, a school drop-out at 14. As producer and founder of Embassy Pictures, he knew how to create excitement around his movies.

1965 – James Stewart

 Stewart An intriguing leading man who came to represent the finest of American character traits.

1966 – John Wayne

 Wayne He became the cinematic symbol of the strong man of few words who could solve every tricky situation and problem.

1967 – Charlton Heston

 Heston Since his debut as Mark Antony in “Julius Caesar” in 1949, he remained the quintessential portrayer of heroes.

1968 – Kirk Douglas

 Douglas An actor in films since 1946, a producer of films such as “Spartacus,” he was also the U.S. Goodwill Ambassador since 1963.

1969 – Gregory Peck

 Peck He combined his acting (“To Kill a Mockingbird”) with being active in charitable, civil rights and film industry causes.

1970 – Joan Crawford

 Crawford From 1925 and throughout the ’60s, she was the reigning queen of the Hollywood filmscape.

1971 – Frank Sinatra

 Sinatra A singing/acting legend, loved and revered by countless fans all over the world.

1972 – Alfred Hitchcock

 Hitchcock Hailed as the unmatched master of the thriller genre, first during his so-called British period, then in American films.

1973 – Samuel Goldwyn

 Goldwyn A true Hollywood pioneer also known for his Goldwynisms, such as “Anyone seeing a psychiatrist should have his head examined.”

1974 – Bette Davis

 Davis She began her screen career in 1931 and remained active for nearly 60 years, playing willful, liberated, spitefully independent females.

1975 – Hal B. Wallis

 Wallis From motion picture theater manager to assistant to head of publicity at Warrner Bros. to becoming one of Hollywood’s most successful producers.

1977 – Walter Mirisch

 Mirisch A Harvard graduate who worked his way up the administrative ladder, formed the Mirisch Company, Inc., with two brothers.

1978 – Red Skelton

 Skelton The son of a circus clown who died before he was born, he was the star of many MGM comedies, combining these with superstardom on television.

1979 – Lucille Ball

 Ball Hollywood’s greatest female clown… and the world still proclaims “I Love Lucy.”

1980 – Henry Fonda

 Fonda When the HFPA honored him, there were memorable roles to look back on, except one–his last… “On Golden Pond” hit the screens the following year.

1981 – Gene Kelly

 Kelly He danced, choreographed, sang and acted his way into our hearts from 1942 (“For Me and My Gal”) and on.

1982 – Sidney Poitier

 Poitier His charismatic screen persona brought him into definite leading man status. By this time, he had also directed films for ten years.

1983 – Laurence Olivier

 Olivier Lord Olivier acted from age nine and was especially known for making Shakespearean plays and characters come alive.

1984 – Paul Newman

 Newman An enduring superstar with intelligence and humor saturating his roles–who had also demonstrated a distinct flair for directing.

1985 – Elizabeth Taylor

 Taylor Having made her Hollywood screen debut at age ten, she became part of the world’s cinematic royalty.

1986 – Barbara Stanwyck

 Stanwyck Cecil B. DeMille‘s favorite actress, equally at ease in comedy and drama–this was the year she left films to concentrate on television.

1987 – Anthony Quinn

 Quinn Born in Mexico, he entered films in 1936 after a brief stage experience. In addition to his acting, he is an accomplished painter and sculptor.

1988 – Clint Eastwood

 Eastwood “The Man With No Name” who ended up by being known by just about everyone on earth. Versatile as an actor and also as a top director.

1989 – Doris Day

 Day A singer whose voice sold millions of copies and opened the door to a movie career in comedy, then also in drama as in “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”

1990 – Audrey Hepburn

 Hepburn She came to represent grace, radiance and soulfulness–her appearance brought to mind delicate china but with the endurance of stainless steel.

1991 – Jack Lemmon

 Lemmon This Harvard-educated, piano-playing actor with a remarkably broad range had by this time made some forty-four motion pictures.

1992 – Robert Mitchum

 Mitchum A rugged leading man for more than four decades, whom Deborah Kerr said was a hundred times greater as an actor than he himself believed.

1993 – Lauren Bacall

 Bacall Being publicized as “The Look” early on, she soon proved to be much more than that–having “cinema personality to burn,” to quote James Agee.

1994 – Robert Redford

 Redford A movie hero with boyish looks whose strong ideas and ideals led into producing, directing, and the establishment of the Sundance Institute.

1995 – Sophia Loren

 Loren The slave girl in “Quo Vadis” in 1949 went on to impress in a succession of roles (who can forget “Two Women”?) in more than 80 films in Italy and Hollywood.

1996 – Sean Connery

 Connery The handsome Scotsman began acting in films and on British TV in 1954. After being James Bond, he went on creating strong men in scores of films.

1997 – Dustin Hoffman

 Hoffman Erupting on the screen in “The Graduate” (1967), he has not stopped acting with body, soul and heart since.

1998 – Shirley MacLaine

 MacLaine A Renaissance woman who acts (comedy and drama), dances, sings, and writes about her spiritual wanderings, always ready to go out on a limb.

1999 – Jack Nicholson

 Nicholson A living legend who doesn’t think of himself as such, an enduring superstar simply because he is a terrific actor.

2000 – Barbra Streisand

 Streisand Singer, actress, film director, producer, writer, and composer whose popularity has endured and grown for nearly four decades.

2001 – Al Pacino

 Pacino One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film’s greatest decades, the 70s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.

2002 – Harrison Ford

 Ford Ruggedly handsome, tightlipped leading man whose filmic output includes starring roles in four of the 10 highest-grossing films of all time: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and Return of the Jedi (1983)

2003 – Gene Hackman

 Hackman His tremendous ability with “ordinary guy” roles has been rightly praised, sometimes at the expense of his equally impressive comic timing and the undercurrent of eccentricity that sometimes floats to the surface of his straightest roles.

2004 – Michael Douglas

 Douglas A Hollywood icon who has not allowed his star-studded pedigree to impede him from becoming one of the industry’s greatest.

2005 – Robin Williams

 Williams Educated at Juilliard, his talent has carried him gracefully through roles hilarious, dramatic and bizarre.

2006 – Anthony Hopkins

 Hopkins His reserved character and personality belie his explosive energy on screen and his outstanding power of expression.

2007 – Warren Beatty

 Beatty One of the most fascinating characters in the history of Hollywood, Warren Beatty received five Golden Globes; including one as Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) for “Heaven Can Wait” and another as Best Director for “Reds.”

2009 – Steven Spielberg

 Spielberg Spielberg has received six Golden Globes; for Best Director for “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan,” for Best Motion Picture (Drama) for “E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Schindler’s List,” and “Saving Private Ryan;” and for Best Foreign Langua

2010 – Martin Scorsese

 Scorsese Scorsese received two Golden Globe Awards for “Best Director of a Motion Picture”; for “The Departed” and “Gangs of New York.” He received five additional Golden Globe nominations, including four as Best Director (“Casino,” “Age of Innocence,” “Goodfellas,” and Raging Bull”) and one for Best Screenplay for “Raging Bull” (with Nicolas Pileggi).

2011 – Robert De Niro

 Scorsese

A Hollywood icon who has not allowed his star-studded pedigree to impede him from becoming one of the industry’s greatest.

2012 – Morgan Freeman

 Scorsese

A stellar career spanning over 40 years in film, stage and television. One of the most respected figures in the entertainment industry.

2013 – Jodie Foster

 Scorsese

From child actor to movie star and beyond: director, producer, industry leader. Her acceptance speech at 70th Golden Globe Awards became one of the highlights of the evening.

2014 – Woody Allen

 Scorsese

Veteran filmmaker Woody Allen is to receive the Cecil B. De Mille Award for his outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. “There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” said HFPA president Theo Kingma. “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he is an international treasure.”

Winner 2014 – Woody Allen

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