At the upcoming 77th Annual Golden Globes ceremony on January 5, 2020, Ellen DeGeneres will become the second recipient of the Carol Burnett Award.
The award was first presented last year and went to actress Carol Burnett herself. The award goes to those who have made outstanding contributions to television both on and off screen. The winner is chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
The president of the HFPA, Lorenzo Soria, said of DeGeneres, “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.”
Ellen has been active in the Hollywood scene since her stand-up career began in the early 1980s. Since then she has become a household name through projects like her sitcom Ellen, and her long-running talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The Carol Burnett Award will be added to DeGeneres’s collection of 30 Emmys, 20 People’s Choice Awards, a Presidential Medal of freedom, and much more. Her achievements in television are only part of the reason she won the award, however.
Ellen has used her enormous platform to help those in need.
The comedian has been bringing awareness to the LGBTQIA+ community since coming out as a lesbian in 1997. Other causes she has championed include animal rights (DeGeneres is a vegan), and AIDS awareness.
DeGeneres’s production company, A Very Good Production, currently has numerous television shows in the works. These include Ellen’s Game of Games, Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways, NBC’s Little Big Shots, Netflix’s Green Eggs and Ham, Discovery Channel’s Wildlife Warriors, and HBO Max’s Ellen’s Home Design Challenge, First Dates Hotel, and Finding Einstein.
Since the Carol Burnett Award is meant to celebrate a person whose body of work has had a lasting impact on the television industry and its audiences alike, DeGeneres is certainly a solid choice.