Legendary comedian Eddie Murphy is set to be honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes 2023. Murphy, who became a household name in the United States because of his performance on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, has starred in a number of successful movies like the Beverly Hills Cops series, The Nutty Professor, as well as the Doctor Dolittle series.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) said in a statement, “We’re honored to present this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award to the iconic and highly esteemed Mr. Eddie Murphy,” further adding, “We’re thrilled to be celebrating the lasting impact on film and television that his career — in front of and behind the camera — has had through the decades.”

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The HFPA has been in hot soup recently because of a lack of diversity in their panel, and NBC had also announced that they would not be broadcasting the show again. However, the network later agreed to telecast the 80th edition of the event, which is widely considered the second-most important award show in the United States after the Academy Awards.

The Cecil B. DeMille Award is presented to industry legends every year to honour them for their contribution to the movie industry. It was named after the director of The Ten Commandments, who was also its first recipient. The second recipient of the award was Walt Disney.

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Some of the notable names to have received the honourary award in recent years include Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Jeff Bridges, and Meryl Streep.

On the work front, Murphy will next be seen in the comedy film You People and the next instalment in the Beverly Cops series, Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley.