Legendary writer/director Woody Allen was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 71st Annual Golden Globes, but the four-time Oscar and two-time Golden
Globe winner was not on hand to accept his accolade.
Was it because he was busy working on a new film? No. It’s just that Allen is “not an awards person,” he tells the Los Angeles Times.
In fact, Allen was going to turn down the Cecil B. DeMille award, but was persuaded it would be good for his latest release “Blue Jasmine.” In the end, he tells LAT, “I said if I don’t have to watch it and I don’t have to come to it, they can do anything they want.”
The Golden Globes went ahead with the award and invited Allen’s friend and frequent collaborator Diane Keaton to accept on his behalf. In her speech, Keaton praises Allen’s wonderful female characters.
“I think it’s safe to say that Woody Allen is an anomaly. He’s made 74 movies in 48 years,” says Keaton. “He’s directed them, he’s starred in them, he’s produced them and of course, he’s written them. He’s written all of them, every one.”
“The feature, for me anyway, that sets Woody’s writing apart are the voices of four decades of unforgettable female characters. … 179 of the world’s most captivating actresses have appeared in Woody’s films,” Keaton continues. “And the reason is that they wanted to. Woody’s women can’t be compartmentalized. … They’re the hallmark of Woody’s work.”
After joking that if Woody where there, he would tell Keaton to “get off the godd*** stage,” she ended her tribute by singing “Make New Friends (But Keep the Old).”