After over three decades in the entertainment industry, Oprah Winfrey is still making history. It’s been announced that the former TV talk show host will be the first African-American woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2018.
“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today,” said Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna in a statement about choosing Winfrey as the honoree. “For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.”
This award is given to those who are considered to have “made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” Past honorees of color include Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Sidney Portier.
The media mogul has been nominated for Golden Globe awards twice before for her roles in The Great Debaters and The Color Purple.
Winfrey took to Twitter and reacted in a few words.
What an honor. https://t.co/YA9se852Eg
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 14, 2017
Tune in to see Winfrey accept this honor on January 7th, 2018 on NBC at 8 p.m EST.