16 Sep 2013

Cecil B DeMille award announced for Woody Allen

6:26 am on 16 September 2013

Director Woody Allen is to receive the Cecil B DeMille award for contribution to cinema at next year's Golden Globes.

Allen is best known neurotic romantic comedies - notably Annie Hall, for which he won two Oscars as both director and screenwriter.

"There is no-one more worthy," said awards organiser Theo Kingma.

The BBC reports it is not known whether Allen, 77, who usually shuns Hollywood events, will attend the ceremony next January.

He was not at last year's Golden Globes, where he won best original screenplay for Midnight In Paris, a time-travel comedy. His latest film, Blue Jasmine, is his 49th.

The BBC reports Allen began his career writing gags for entertainers like Bob Hope and Sid Caesar. He has won four Oscars from a total of 23 Oscar nominations.

Previous winners of the Cecil B DeMille award include Walt Disney, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese. Last year's recipient was Jodie Foster.

DeMille (1881 - 1959) was an influential Hollywood director who successfully spanned the silent and sound eras of film. His films included The Ten Commandments and The Greatest Show on Earth.