The iconic US actor is best known for playing The Dude in 1998’s The Big Lebowski and as Otis ‘Bad’ Blake in 2009’s Crazy Heart, for which he won an Oscar for best actor. The 69-year-old won a Golden Globe for the film and has been nominated five times.
The DeMille award – presented to those who have made ”outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” – will be presented to Bridges at the 76th Golden Globes in Hollywood next month.
Previous recipients include George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Steven Spielberg.
Last year’s winner, Oprah Winfrey, gave a rousing acceptance speech amid the sexual harassment scandal rocking Hollywood.
Announcing Bridges’ award, the HFPA said: “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to bestow the 2019 Cecil B DeMille Award on Jeff Bridges.
“Bridges’ brilliant body of work across diverse genres has captured the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide for more than six decades.
“We look forward to celebrating ‘the Dude’ and his remarkable career and philanthropic achievements at the upcoming Golden Globe Awards.”
A new prize is being introduced at next month’s Globes, recognising lifetime achievement in television. Comedian Carol Burnett will be the inaugural recipient of an award that will bear her name.
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The 2019 Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, will take place in Los Angeles on January 6.
Additional reporting by agencies.
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