US television star Oprah Winfrey has been announced as the next recipient of the prestigious Cecil B DeMille award.
Golden Globes head Meher Tatna said: “For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.”
Oprah’s honour was announced by actor Morgan Freeman – who won the same prize in 2012.
She will receive her award at January’s Golden Globes awards.
They are voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HPFA).
The Oprah Winfrey Show was one of the most-watched programmes in US history.
Tatna described her as “one of the most influential women of our time”.
The prize is presented annually at the Golden Globes ceremony, recognising “a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment”.
Tatna described Oprah as a “global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress”, adding: “She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today.”
Previous DeMille award winners include last year’s recipient, Meryl Streep, along with Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Sidney Poitier and Martin Scorsese.
Along with her famous chat show, Winfrey has also enjoyed a career as an actress, including an Oscar-nominated role in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, in 1986.
She also starred in The Butler and Selma, which she produced.
Oprah is also well-known for her charity work – this year marks the 10th anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
Spurlock, who made the hit film Super Size Me, wrote on Twitter that he had been accused of rape and had paid to settle a claim of sexual harassment.
He also admitted cheating on “every wife and girlfriend I have ever had”.
The US entertainment industry has been rocked by claims of sexual abuse and harassment going back decades.
In a lengthy statement, Spurlock said that after months of such revelations he had come to the conclusion that “I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem”.
“As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realisation of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’,” he wrote.
He said the allegations of rape took place at college. It did not lead to charges or investigations but he said the woman had written about the incident in a story writing class and had named Spurlock.
The settlement for alleged harassment involved a female employee and took place about eight years ago, he said.
“It wasn’t a gropy, feely harassment. It was verbal, and it was just as bad,” he wrote.
“I would call my female assistant ‘hot pants’ or ‘sex pants’ when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office. Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realised I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.”
Spurlock, 47, said that when the woman decided to leave she asked for a settlement in return for her silence.
“Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course I paid,” he said.
“I paid for peace of mind. I paid for her silence and co-operation. Most of all, I paid so I could remain who I was.”
‘I will do better’
Spurlock said he himself had been the victim of sexual abuse as a boy and a teenager, and also had a longstanding drink problem.
“I haven’t been sober for more than a week in 30 years, something our society doesn’t shun or condemn but which only served to fill the emotional hole inside me and the daily depression I coped with,” he wrote.
Spurlock said he hoped that by “recognising and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself”.
“We should all find the courage to admit we’re at fault,” he said.
“I will do better. I will be better. I believe we all can.”
Responding to messages on Twitter, Spurlock said he was “seeking help”.
Fresh claims of sexual misconduct against entertainment industry figures have been appearing on an almost daily basis for weeks. The revelations have sparked the #MeToo movement in which women have come forward with their stories.
The US filmmaker posted the confession online in a blog post titled “I am Part of the Problem”, saying that he was once accused of rape and settled a sexual harassment claim.
The 47-year-old wrote: “As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realisation of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder “who will be next?” I wonder, “when will they come for me?”
“You see, I’ve come to understand after months of these revelations, that I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem.”
He detailed a sexual encounter in college after which a friend had told him that the woman he had slept with had accused him of rape.
“I was floored. ‘That’s not what happened!’ I told her. This wasn’t how I remembered it at all,” he said.
“In my mind, we’d been drinking all night and went back to my room. We began fooling around, she pushed me off, then we laid in the bed and talked and laughed some more, and then began fooling around again.
“We took off our clothes. She said she didn’t want to have sex, so we laid together, and talked, and kissed, and laughed, and then we started having sex.”
She became upset, he said, and they stopped. “I tried to comfort her. To make her feel better. I thought I was doing ok, I believed she was feeling better. She believed she was raped,” he wrote.
Spurlock also admitted calling a former employee “hot pants” and “sex pants” in the office, and paying her a settlement when she quit.
He said “it wasn’t a gropey feely harassment. It was verbal, and it was just as bad”.
“Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realised I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.”
Spurlock also confessed to being “unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had”.
In an attempt to explain his actions, he said he was sexually abused as a boy and in his teens and that he started drinking when he was aged 13 and hadn’t “been sober for more than a week in 30 years”.
He also referred to the time his father left his mother when he was a child, and questioned if her belief that her husband “never respected her” had “carried over into their son”.
“I am part of the problem. We all are,” he continued.
“But I am also part of the solution. By recognising and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself. We should all find the courage to admit we’re at fault.”
Spurlock’s blog post comes as Hollywood faces intense scrutiny in the wake of allegations against once powerful figures such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis CK.
Former movie mogul Weinstein is facing criminal investigations in London, New York and Los Angeles after more than 50 women – including stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Uma Thurman – have accused him of harassment and assault.
“The quote is highly entertaining. The suspense is laughably theatrical, rather than anxiety-inducing, and therefore many people enjoy hearing it again,” she said.
“And, of course, Chris Warner’s [played by Michael Galvin] delivery is part of the magic, along with Harry Warner’s uncomfortable facial expression and the closing music.”
She also said it brought attention to the serious topic of sexting among young people.
“The quote dramatises the risk of storing photos of one’s private parts. That’s immensely topical. Even whistle-blower Edward Snowden and US comedian John Oliver have chatted about the security of so called ‘dick pics’,” Ms Kavan said.
Some of them did make the finalist stage, including New Zealand First leader Winston Peter’s quote, while debating with election rival Gareth Morgan, that it was “a long time since I’ve been ravaged by a toothless sheep”
Japan was a little more serious about its kanji character of the year. The choice of “North” was representative of the collective mood of a country that has seen a year of anxiety over its neighbour, North Korea.
Australia also chose a word that encapsulated the national mood. The country was hit by a citizenship scandal this year, resulting in the resignations of several politicians found to have dual citizenship – not allowed under the constitution.
Pop superstars and world-class ballet dancers wowed huge crowds. Tower blocks, wind turbine blades and a tidal surge barrier became giant art installations. Tens of thousands of schoolchildren got creative. And naked women rolled in chip spice.
That’s just a taste of what has happened in Hull as part of its packed year as UK City of Culture in 2017.
There have been more than 2,000 events, exhibitions and cultural activities at more than 250 venues. The year has won over most of those who didn’t think the words “Hull” and “culture” belonged in the same sentence, as well as helping the local economy and going some way to reinvent the city’s image.
The BBC’s Hull-based culture correspondents Kofi Smiles and Look North’s Anne-Marie Tasker have been covering all the events. Here are their highlights.
The opening event of 2017 set the bar so high, I think it’s still to be beaten.
We knew there was going to be a light and sound spectacle telling the story of Hull, but I don’t think anyone had imagined it could be so powerful and emotional – the atmosphere in Queen Victoria Square every evening was electric.
I saw people crying every time I went to watch it – some with pride, others with sadness at the moving way the Blitz and Hull’s trawler tragedies were played out across the city’s beautiful buildings.
Radio 1’s Big Weekend
It was simply incredible to have global pop stars right on our doorstep. Katy Perry blew me away and I don’t think I’ve ever been at a gig where everyone seemed so united.
It was only days after the Manchester bombing, and when she asked everyone in the crowd to touch the person next to them, people joined arms and sang along, including the police officers right behind us. Incredibly moving.
The Royal Ballet Gala
This was one of the most memorable evenings of 2017. For years, I’ve been following the progress of the dancers who’d first learnt ballet in Hull, like Elizabeth Harrod, Demelza Parish and Xander Parish, and who now dance with the world’s best ballet companies.
It was amazing to see them perform on home soil alongside the likes of Marianela Nunez, who I’d never dreamed I’d see dance in Hull.
One Day Maybe
It says something when you can’t really sum up an evening of theatre in a sentence or two – and you’d struggle to make anyone understand the experience of One Day Maybe unless they’d been there. We left asking each other, “did that really just happen?!”
Based in the headquarters of a fictional South Korean company, you started by going on a hi-tech shopping spree, then were transported back to a 1980s police state, where you were taken hostage, then took tea in a traditional Korean front room. Truly mind-bending stuff.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play the music of John Williams
This was one of the first events announced ahead of the City of Culture year to sell out completely. It was fantastic to see so many families out, trying something different – and when they played the classics, it was spine-tingling.
Meeting Barbara Buttrick
Spending time with Barbara Buttrick was truly inspirational. She may be in her 80s, but she’s still full of life and still taking a huge interest in the world of boxing.
Barbara grew up just outside Hull, but moved to America and became the world’s first women’s boxing champion in 1957. It was great to hear her stories first-hand – she trained in the same gym as Muhammad Ali, but she also had to fight so many prejudices to make it to the top.
Her incredible story inspired two plays during City of Culture year and she appeared in person as a keynote speaker at the Women of the World festival, where I was lucky enough to interview her in front of a live audience.
Kofi Smiles’ highlights:
WORM at Humber Street Gallery
After an amazing weekend seeing musicians, artists and locals collaborating to create work for the pop-up gallery, the Dutch collective closed one of their evenings with a naked lady smothering herself in butter before rolling around in 5kg of American Chip Spice.
It brought many of the attendees to tears seeing such a large amount of chip spice sacrificed in the name of art.
Radio 1 Big Weekend & Academy
After the terrible events in Manchester, there was a chance that this wouldn’t go ahead. But the Big Weekend brought together champions of music in such a difficult time.
The team at BBC Learning also brought the R1 Academy to help local students learn from industry pros and to get a leg up into the world of media while allowing some of the best local bands to perform and showcase their talents. A great couple of weeks, helping people through a tough time.
I Wish To Communicate With You at Thornton Estate
This involved turning on colourful lights and allowing a misunderstood inner city estate to feel entitled and part of the City of Culture.
It allowed neighbours to talk to each other for the first time and invited the rest of the city down to what was thought of as a “dangerous” area, but which is home to a diverse community who for so long have been living alongside the city, but now feel part of it.
A few years ago, the meaning behind Freedom Festival had pretty much been lost. This year, different themes of freedom (or the lack of) were back at the heart of the performances, debates and discussions.
The essence of the festival had found its way back home, bringing with it colourful street performances and crowded streets over the weekend. Celebrating a 10th birthday never looked (and felt) so good! Oh and I got to interview Kofi Annan too.
John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux
After meeting singer-songwriter John Grant and listening to the work and dedication he put into the North Atlantic Flux festival, it’s no surprise it was a hit.
Comprised of some of the most eclectic musicians from Hull to Reykjavik, it provided four days of “I don’t know what I’m getting myself into” fun that catered to music lovers and give-it-a-goers alike.
The event told the story of the influence migration has on port cities and how art grows from cultures mixing, and more importantly, that once warring cities can let bygones be bygones and form new relationships through music.
Blade in Queen Victoria Square
The day after the Blade – a giant Hull-made wind turbine arm – was installed, I witnessed two heavily tattooed, juiced-up gym rats arguing in the sauna about whether it was art or not. Everyone was talking about it and they didn’t care who was listening.
The national and global news coverage felt like a statement to the world: We are Hull. We are the UK City of Culture. And the guys in the sauna concluded by wanting to find work at the Siemens factory, where it was made.
She said that when she spurned his advances, that “with every refusal came Harvey’s Machiavellian rage”.
The actress accused Weinstein of threatening to axe the film and claimed he pressured her into doing a sex scene with another woman in the film.
Hayek said she had a “nervous breakdown” when she came to shoot the scene.
In the piece, she wrote that Weinstein was a “passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster”.
She added: “I never showed Harvey how terrified I was of him… Until there is equality in our industry, with men and women having the same value in every aspect of it, our community will continue to be a fertile ground for predators.”
Weinstein’s spokeswoman Holly Baird has since issued a statement on his behalf disputing Hayek’s claims.
It said: “Mr Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star and he was not there for the filming.
“All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired.”
The latest claims come after more than 50 women accused the 65-year-old of sexual harassment or assault over the past three decades.