Golden Globes create an award in honor of Carol Burnett and give it to… Carol Burnett
Who else is more deserving of the first ever Carol Burnett Award for Lifetime Achievement in Television?
Carol Burnett must have a crowded mantle and overstuffed trophy case. Over her unparalleled career, the pioneering comedian has taken home six Primetime Emmys, five American Comedy Awards, a Peabody Award, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, a Kennedy Center Honor, five Golden Globe… and more.
Now, Burnett can add another to her collection, with her name on it twice. Early next year, Burnett is set to be the first recipient of the Carol Burnett Award for lifetime achievement in television.
The newly minted award comes from the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. HFPA President Meher Tatna nicely summed up the reasoning for the new award:
"For more than 50 years, comedy trailblazer Carol Burnett has been breaking barriers while making us laugh. She was the first woman to host a variety sketch show, The Carol Burnett Show. She was also the first woman to win both the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and Kennedy Center Honors. And now we add another first to her running list: the first recipient – and namesake – of the new Golden Globe top honor for achievement in television, the Carol Burnett Award. We are profoundly grateful for her contributions to the entertainment industry and honored to celebrate her legacy forever at the Golden Globes."
Who better to win the first ever Carol Burnett Award than Carol Burnett?
The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards air on January 6, 2019, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg. The full list of nominations was announced last Thursday.
Recently, we sat down for a long interview with the legendary Burnett. You'll be seeing segments of our conversation with her over the upcoming months.
Here are some snippets of our chat in which Carol reminisces about working with Jim Nabors, Alan Alda and Vicki Lawrence. Stay tuned for more.