The actress-filmmaker will be presented the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated November 02, 2012 08:00 AM
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Well, Jodie Foster won’t have to worry about Ricky Gervais tossing any barbs in her direction.

Foster, the veteran actress, director, and producer with more than 40 years in the business to her credit, is to receive next year’s Cecil B DeMille award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press has announced.

Earlier, the group said that the hosts of their 70th annual ceremony Jan. 13, to be broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC, will be Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Their appearance follows Ricky Gervais’s two funny but controversial years as emcee.

Last year, he made an off-color remark about Foster’s movie The Beaver.

In announcing the honor for Foster, 49, Thursday on behalf of the HFPA, Kristen Stewart, 22, said: “This is a special moment for me. She’s been really important in my life for a long time.”

Propelling to stardom – and her first Oscar nomination – at 14, when she played a teenage prostitute in Martin Scorsese’s 1976 Taxi Driver, Foster has subsequently won two Oscars and two Golden Globes, for The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs.

“Jodie is a multifaceted woman [who] has achieved immeasurable amounts of success and will continue to do so in her career,” said HFPA president Aida Takla-O’Reilly, who described Foster as “one of a kind.”

The late Cecil B. DeMille was a founder of Hollywood and the director of such spectacles as The Ten Commandments and The Greatest Show on Earth. Previous DeMille winners include Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Doris Day, Clint Eastwood and last year’s honoree, Morgan Freeman.