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Golden Globe Carol Burnett Award

Golden Globe Carol Burnett Award

The Carol Burnett Award is an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for "outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen."[1] The HFPA board of directors selects the honorees based on their body of work and the lasting impact that their television career achievements have had on both the industry and audiences.[1] The award is seen as the equivalent to its film accolade counterpart, the Cecil B. DeMille Award. It was first presented at the 76th Golden Globe Awards ceremony in January 2019 and is named in honor of its first recipient, actress and trailblazer Carol Burnett.

Golden Globe Carol Burnett Award
Awarded for"outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen"
CountryUnited States
Presented byHollywood Foreign Press Association
First awarded2019
Currently held byNorman Lear (2021)

The award has been presented annually since 2019. The youngest honoree was comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer Ellen DeGeneres, at age 61 in 2020. The oldest honoree was television writer and producer Norman Lear, at age 98 in 2021.

List of honorees

Year Image Honorees Nationality Description Ref.
2019 Carol Burnett  USA "A Television Icon, Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer and writer, whose career spans seven decades of television. She is best known for her groundbreaking comedy variety show, "The Carol Burnett Show". She is the most decorated person in the Golden Globes Television Category, with six wins from 17 nominations.

Steve Carell was chosen to present the award to Burnett.

She has also won six Primetime Emmy Awards, and is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor, Mark Twain Prize, Peabody Award and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award amongst other honors."

2020 Ellen DeGeneres  USA "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."

Kate McKinnon presented the award to DeGeneres.

2021 Norman Lear  USA "Norman Lear is among the most prolific creators of this generation. His career has spanned the Golden Age and the streaming era. His progressive approach addressing controversial topics through humor prompted a cultural shift that allowed social and political issues to be reflected in television. His work revolutionized the industry."

Ceremony co-host Amy Poehler presented the award to Lear.

2022 Not awarded (The 2022 awards ceremony was cancelled due a boycott stemming from various media companies, actors, and other creatives over its lack of action to increase the membership diversity of the HFPA. Furthermore, broadcaster NBC announced in May 2021 that the network would refuse to broadcast the ceremony in support of the boycott.[4]) [5]


  1. "Carol Burnett to Receive HFPA's First Award for Achievement in TV". Golden Globes Awards. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  2. "Ellen DeGeneres to Receive Carol Burnett Award at Golden Globes". Variety. Variety. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  3. "Norman Lear to Receive Carol Burnett Award at 2021 Golden Globes". Variety. Variety. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  4. Rottenberg, Josh (January 4, 2022). "No Host. No Stars. No Televised Ceremony. The Golden Globes are Going Ahead Anyway". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  5. "Winners & Nominees 2022 – Golden Globes". The Golden Globes. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
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