Winning a Golden Globe awards is an honor but having one named after you is something only dreams are made of. That’s exactly what happened to Carol Burnett Sunday night (Jan. 6) at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Not only did the Hollywood Foreign Press, the body of journalists who vote on the awards, name the award after Carol, she was also the first recipient of the honor. The inaugural Carol Burnett Award for Achievement in Television, went to none other than Carol Burnett.
The award was long overdue, not only for Carol, but for Television in general. It was 67 years ago that the Cecil B. DeMille award was created and given to Cecil B. DeMille for achievement in film. With television making strides, growing in recognition with streaming services, television actors deserve their own award named for the incomparable Carol Burnett. “Does this mean I get to accept it every year?” Carol joked in her acceptance speech.
“Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I’m really gobsmacked by this,” she began her speech. “You know my first love growing up was the movies. I’d see as many as 6-8 films a week with my grandmother who raised me. And then later when I was a teenager we got our first television set and then I had a new love. But regardless of the medium, what fascinated me was the way the stars on the screen could make people laugh or cry or sometimes both. And I wished and I hoped that maybe just maybe someday I could have a chance to do the same thing. Well, those childhood dreams came true. Sometimes on the big screen, but primarily on television on a comedy variety show that half a century later still connects with people in a way that makes me very proud.”
Carol went on to talk about how, while wishing she was young again, realized how fortunate she was to be in television at the right time. “What we did then, it couldn’t be done today,” she said before paying tribute to her cast mates Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway and their crew.
“Does this mean I get to accept it every year?” – Carol Burnett
In closing, the legendary television actress sent a message to all those who want to follow their dreams and have a love for television.
“What has remained the same for every person who is lucky enough to be on television is the belief that we’ve been given an opportunity to do something special. We’ve been granted a gift, a canvas to paint with our talent. One that can make people laugh or cry or maybe do both. So this award, oh my gosh so generously named after me, is dedicated to all those who made my dreams come true and to all those out there who share the love I have for television and who yearn to be part of this unique medium that has been so good to me. I’m just happy that our show happened when it did and that I can look back and say once more, I am so glad we had this time together. Thank you.”