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Douglas to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Michael Douglas has been tapped to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 61st annual Golden Globes set to air Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004.

The DeMille Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry and is voted on only by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's board of directors.

"It was decided that it was the time to honor Michael Douglas for his distinguished career not only as an actor but also as a producer," HFPA president Lorenzo Soria said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "If you look at some of his movies that he produced -- and he produced some of them at a very young age, by the way -- I think there is no question that he has distinguished himself as a producer and as someone who has something to say."

Traditionally, the Golden Globes have served as an important precursor to the Oscars, putting a lot of power in the hands of less than 100 foreign journalists.

This year, though, the Oscars have been pushed up and nomination ballots will have gone out before the Globes are announced. As long as the alcohol is flowing at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton, a good time will still be had, as the brightest stars of television and film come out to play.

Douglas, the son of legendary actor Kirk Douglas, husband to Catherine Zeta-Jones and father to actor Cameron Douglas, won both the Oscar and the Golden Globe in 1987 for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street."

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