In true "the show must go on fashion," Deadline has learned that Diane Keaton, Woody Allen's former muse and girlfriend, will accept the New York director's much-deserved Cecil B. Demille award at next month's 71st annual Golden Globes ceremony.
Despite being the recipient of such a presitigous award, it surprised few when it was announced that Woody Allen would not be in attendance at the Globes ceremony. The nebbish auteur is notorious for shunning award ceremonies, including the Oscars. Apparently the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the folks behind the Golden Globes) expected Allen to be a no-show, but decided to go ahead and award him anyway. Rightfully so. One can't discredit such an impactful director just because he's a bit of a neurotic wallflower.
And Keaton is really the perfect choice to stand in for Allen. The two longtime friends have quite a history together. The pair first met when Keaton auditioned and was cast in Allen's Broadway play, 'Play It Again, Sam,' and have since worked together on eight of Allen's films, spanning two decades, which included five years of them being a couple. Of course, one only has to watch Allen's Oscar-winning 'Annie Hall' to truly get a sense of the wonderful chemistry Keaton and Allen share. If you haven't watched the 1976 flick, you should drop everything right now and watch it. Seriously.
The 71st Annual Golden Globes will air Sun. Jan. 12 on NBC at 8/7c.