The announcement that Woody Allen is to receive the 2014 Cecil B DeMille Award was immediately echoed by media outlets around the globe.
On Friday, Sept 13, HFPA President Theo Kingma announced the unanimous decision by the association’s Board of Directors to honor the prolific veteran actor and director of 45 films with the highest award the international press organization presents at every Golden Globe Gala, the award named after the legendary Hollywood titan Cecil B. DeMille.
Minutes after the announcement the social media switched to turbo speed, responding overwhelmingly with positive and congratulatory comments, such as that from Yonne Moreno, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who wrote: “(The award goes to an) intelligent and educated author who was able to capture on screen different eras and the evolution of families”.
Praise also came from blogs such as Japan’s top entertainment site Eiga, Venezuela’s Capsula Cinefila, and the PanArmenian Net. The French journalist Marine Glissel expressed her excitement: “We can only wait with impatience. His acceptance speech promises to be brilliant“.
Traditional media around the globe followed: From the China Weekly to Peru’s Onda Cera Radio; from the Irish Examiner to Spain’s Antena 3 TV; and Radio Gong, Munich. Sweden’s papers picked up the headline circulated by the Swedish News Agency TT: Woody Allen får ta emot hederspris (W.A. receives honorary award) and the Hindustan Times added a quote by Woody Allen: “I don’t think of a joke and then say it. I say it and than realize what I’ve said. And I laugh at it, because I’m hearing it for the first time myself“.
Many media commentators mentioned Woody Allen’s well-known reluctance to appear at award shows, be it the Oscars or the Golden Globes. The German weekly Der Stern was among many speculating whether the honoree will show up at the Golden Globes Gala on January 12, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills: “The announcement excited movie buffs around the world. But he dislikes appearances at award shows.” There was a similar response from the Italian Corriere della Sera: “At this point everyone is asking: Will he personally be there to receive the statue? But the possible absence of Allen does not discourage the organizers of the Globes”.
There is reason for optimism. At many occasions, mostly during location visits of Allen’s films by HFPA delegations, Woody Allen stated: “I really like the Hollywood Foreign Press“.
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For forty years the HFPA has recorded interviews with famous and celebrated actors, actresses and filmmakers. The world’s largest collection of its kind — over 10,000 interviews — is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. The audios are fascinating. Below is an excerpt: Woody Allen and his fascination with crimes and misdemeanors — the real ones.
” I grew up in a culture with a very glamorous perspective on criminals, movies like The Godfather. Nothing has more excitement, love and adventure than that family and they’re all for each other and they’re all beautiful. Whether they’re the Mafia, Jesse James or Dillinger, these are very romantic figures to Americans of my generation.
When I was a young adult, before I knew I was going to be in show business, I had to decade what I was going to be in life. One thing that crossed my mind was a life of dishonesty, a life of crime because I knew I didn’t want to work in an office. I didn’t want to have a regular job.
At one point I thought I’d like to work in the FBI or be a private detective, but the rackets seemed more ap pealing – no salesman’s job for me. I had already been thrown out of NYU. So crime didn’t seem like a bad idea.
I would steal cash because cash is the simplest way to go. You don’t have to fence anything. You don’t get stuck with a Rembrandt or the Hope Diamond. You know, when you have cash, you’re on your way to where you’re going.
But I didn’t have what it takes to be a career criminal. I’m just too damn nervous. I’m afraid of flying — how could I run away with the money? I have a other fears too. I’m claustrophobic. I don’t go through tunnels.
My most disconcerting thing is that I’m an alarmist, which is being different than a hypochondriac. If I have a pain in my finger, I do have the pain. I’m not someone imagining the pain but I think that it’s a brain tumor. I immediately cut to the most alarming possibility or even impossibility that it could be and that causes me a lot of suffering.
When I wake up in the morning with a sore throat, I think I have throat cancer and it never occurs to me for one minute that it’s anything less than fatal. Do you think the rackets have health insurance?”Read More »