Ellen DeGeneres will be honoured for her decades-long contributions to the Hollywood entertainment industry at the upcoming Golden Globe Awards. The 2020 edition of the extravaganza will witness the stand-up comedian bagging the Carol Burnett Award, a television special achievement honour, according to the Hollywood Foreign Press. She will be the first to receive the accolade, which was introduced at last year’s ceremony. It aims to celebrate television’s new Golden Age in light of the medium’s evolving landscape and serving as the counterpart to the HFPA’s Cecil B DeMille Award, an equivalent which is presented to those from the film industry.
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to honor Ellen DeGeneres with the Carol Burnett Award,” Lorenzo Soria, President of the HFPA said in a statement. “From her sitcoms, to stand-up, to becoming a household staple on daytime television, she is a pioneer who has captivated audiences for nearly 25 years with her undeniable charm and wit. In addition to her television success, she’s an advocate and philanthropist, lending her voice to those who don’t have one, and spreading kindness and joy through the power of her platform. We look forward to celebrating her achievements at this year’s ceremony.”
DeGeneres is a comedian, actress, writer, producer and daytime talk show host, who got her career kicking as a standup comedian and made the transition to sitcoms, before landing a role in The Friends of Mine on ABC in 1994, a series that would soon be renamed “Ellen” and run until 1998. The show was a ratings hit and the star received three Golden Globe nominations. In 1997, DeGeneres received the Peabody Award, as well as winning a Primetime Emmy Award for writing in a comedy series for the Puppy Episode, which featured the comedian’s character coming out as a gay woman. She now hosts The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The series aired its 3,000th episode in May 2019 and has earned 63 Daytime Emmy Awards, including 11 for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show.