Jeff Bridges To Recieve the Cecil B. DeMille Award at 2019 Golden Globes

Jeff Bridges has had an active and eclectic acting career that has spanned the past forty years. With more than 90 acting roles to his name and some of the most iconic characters in pop culture under his belt, it will be a well-earned victory when Bridges takes the stage to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2019 Golden Globes.

What is the Cecil B. DeMille Award?

Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award

Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in January 2018. | Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

This honorary Golden Globe award is given to an actor, director, producer, or writer who has made a significant contribution to the film world. First given in 1952 to director and producer Cecil B. DeMille, it has since been awarded to a parade of influential people who have transformed the world of film.

Previous recipients include Walt Disney (1953), Bing Crosby (1960), Joan Crawford (1970), Lucille Ball (1979), Dustin Hoffman (1997), Morgan Freeman (2012), and Oprah Winfrey (2018).

The award is seen as a very important marker of lifetime achievement and demonstrates that the recipient has truly transformed the pop culture landscape through their dedicated work over many years.

What earned Jeff Bridges this honor?

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges celebrates his Oscar for best actor in Crazy Heart | Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Bridges technically began his acting career in his infancy with an uncredited role and began his long career in earnest as a young child. Born into an acting family, his early roles were alongside his father Lloyd Bridges. His brother, Beau Bridges, is also known for his contributions to film.

As Bridges worked through an ambitious series of roles throughout his early adulthood, he grew to serious renown. He has received seven Academy Award nominations. His first was for a Supporting Actor role in The Last Picture Show in 1972. He won Best Actor for his role in Crazy Heart in 2010.

In addition to his award-winning performances, Bridges has also captured the imaginations of fans through iconic portrayal of characters in extremely popular films. His performance as “The Dude” in Big Lebowski has garnered something of a cult following, making Bridges the subject of fandom lore for multiple generations of the film’s viewers. Similarly, he voiced Prince Lir in the 1982 film The Last Unicorn, another film with a huge and enthusiastic fan base.

On top of these fan-favorite roles, Bridges has also distinguished himself as a versatile actor who is able to take on roles that range from serious to goofy, from romantic to intimidating. His credits include films across genres and demonstrate both his range and depth as an actor.

What comes next for Bridges?

At the age of 69, Bridges is still very active in his career. Recent roles include Duane Steinbrink in the elite firefighter biographical drama Only the Brave, Champ in the comedy spy film Kingsman: The Golden Compass, and Father Daniel Flynn in the star-studded thriller Bad Times at the El Royale.

Looking to his future, Bridges has reflected on his desire to do more activist work. In particular, he is passionate about environmentalism and makes efforts to help preserve the planet for future generations. This passion shows in his co-production and narration of Living in the Future’s Past, a documentary that takes on today’s most serious environmental challenges. He has also been a consistent and vocal activist in ending child hunger, work that he is poised to continue.

As for his fan’s insistence that a Big Lebowski remake should be in the works, Bridges has expressed his approval of such a project . . . as long as he gets a chance to be in it.

Put simply, we can expect the Cecil B. DeMille Award to be a great honor for this wonderful actor, but we shouldn’t expect to see him riding off into the sunset anytime soon. We’ll be enjoying many more of his films and influences in the years to come.