Ellen DeGeneres to receive the Carol Burnett Award at Sunday’s Golden Globes

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Ellen DeGeneres is shown on “Ellen’s Game of Games.” [Mike Rozman/NBC]

Ellen DeGeneres will receive the Carol Burnett Award at this year’s Golden Globe Awards.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has named DeGeneres the second recipient of the award, which Burnett received at the 2019 ceremony, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A three-time Golden Globe nominee, DeGeneres will accept the honor at at the 2020 ceremony, which airs live Sunday night on NBC.

“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,” HFPA president Lorenzo Soria said. “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.”

Chosen by the HFPA board of directors, the Carol Burnett Award is presented to “an honoree who has made outstanding contributions to the television medium on or off the screen.”

It’s the television equivalent of the Golden Globes’ film prize the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which will be presented to Tom Hanks at Sunday’s ceremony.

DeGeneres, a Primetime and Daytime Emmy winner, is in her 17th season hosting her talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Plus, her production company, A Very Good Production, is producing NBC’s game show “Ellen’s Game of Games,” NBC’s new special event series “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways,” NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” Netflix’s “Green Eggs and Ham” and Discovery Channel’s “Wildlife Warriors.”

HBO Max announced in September that it had ordered four original series from her shingle: “Ellen’s Home Design Challenge,” “First Dates Hotel,” “Little Ellen” and “Finding Einstein.”

DeGeneres in 2018 established the Ellen Fund, which supports global conservation efforts for critically endangered species. The first initiative of the fund is to build The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, which will permanently secure the future of wild gorillas in Rwanda.

DeGeneres’ acceptance speech is sure to be a much-needed bright spot at the Golden Globes for women viewers. As previously reported, the HFPA again failed to nominate any women helmers in the Best Director – Motion Picture category. Worse, there are no films directed by women contending for either Best Motion Picture – Drama or Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. There are no women nominated in Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, either.

The Golden Globes air at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central Sunday on NBC.

-BAM

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