Woody Allen

Director Woody Allen is to receive the Cecil B. De Mille Award at the Golden Globes in January. Here, he is with actresses Cate Blanchett, left, and Sally Hawkins at French premiere of "Blue Jasmine" in Paris earlier this year. (Christophe Ena / Associated Press / August 27, 2013)

Though he is famously averse to attending awards shows, Woody Allen will be honored at the 2014 Golden Globes with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The ceremony will take place Jan. 12, 2014.

“There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” said Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal, and he truly is an international treasure.”

Allen's latest film, "Blue Jasmine," has been a box office success for the prolific filmmaker and is expected to be a presence in the year-end awards circuit. Allen won both the Golden Globe for  screenplay and the Academy Award for original screenplay for his recent "Midnight in Paris."

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Whether or not he attends the ceremony, the tribute to Allen will be hard-pressed to raise eyebrows and curiosity quite like Jodie Foster's tribute earlier this year. During her acceptance of the DeMille award, Foster seemed to obliquely (but not quite) come out and announce her retirement in a single speech.

Other recent recipients of the award include Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Warren Beatty.

It was in Allen's 1977 film, "Annie Hall," winner of four Oscars, including best director and original screenplay for Allen, as well as four Golden Globes, in which he famously quoted Groucho Marx as saying, "I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member."

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