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Joey Nolfi
November 03, 2016 AT 04:48 PM EDT

After recognizing the actress with 29 total acting nominations since 1979, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced it will honor Meryl Streep in an even bigger way at the upcoming Golden Globes ceremony.

The non-profit organization, comprised of just under 100 journalists from around the world, revealed Thursday it’s bestowing its annual Cecil B. DeMille Award upon the Hollywood legend during the 74th Golden Globes telecast on Jan. 8.

Recipients of the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award are chosen by the HFPA’s Board of Directors, who single out an individual “who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment,” according to a press release. Denzel Washington received the prize in 2016, preceded by the likes of George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, and Anthony Hopkins in the decade prior.


Like showing florals for spring, Streep nabbing a major Hollywood award is hardly a groundbreaking affair, as the 67-year-old previously won a record-setting eight competitive Golden Globes on top of three Academy Award wins from 19 total nominations. Her last Golden Globe win came in 2010, when the HFPA recognized her performance as Julia Child in Nora Ephron’s romantic comedy Julie & Julia.

“It’s no surprise that the HFPA has chosen Meryl Streep as the recipient of the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award. Meryl’s enthralling body of work across a diverse set of genres has made her a role model over the past 40 years, and she will continue to do so for generations to come,” HFPA president Lorenzo Soria said via statement. “She has always taken roles with strong female leads, creating art by showing vulnerability and portraying truth on the big screen. Simply put, she is a trailblazer, having paved the way for women in television, film and stage. For shattering gender and age barriers, all with finesse and grace, the HFPA is humbled to bestow this honor upon her.”

Streep is widely seen as a strong contender for a Golden Globe nomination in the comedic category for her performance opposite Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins. The biopic is based on the life of the titular singer (Streep), who was dubbed the world’s worst opera singer as she forged a career in music throughout the early 20th century.

The 74th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, will be held Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. The telecast will air live on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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