A few hours ago, the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony concluded, in the presence of a group of the brightest stars of art and acting. The ceremony saw comedian Eddie Murphy, 61, honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, in recognition of his contributions to the field of entertainment.
Murphy was a cast member on the sketch TV show Saturday Night Live and went on to star in films such as Beverly Hills Cop, The Nutty Professor, 48 Hours and Dreamgirls.
Among the previous winners of the DeMille Award were; Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Sophia Loren, Tom Hanks, Jane Fonda, and Robert De Niro.
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Eddie Murphy shares the secrets of achieving success from the reality of Will Smith!
Upon receiving the award, Murphy gave a speech that began by thanking his girlfriend Paige Butcher and – as he put it – his 10 amazing children. At the end of the speech, Murphy surprised the audience with a joke about last year’s Academy Awards and the moment Smith punched fellow actor Chris Rock on stage over Rock’s comment about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
After 46 years in show business and 41 devoted to movies, Murphy declared his appreciation for the opportunity. “I’ve been doing this so long that I could name off people until they play the piano,” he said with a smirk, before getting serious. He then addressed any dreamers or entertainers present: “There is an achievable blueprint you can follow on your road to success – prosperity, longevity and peace of mind.”
Murphy continued, “It’s very simple, just do these three things: pay your taxes, mind your work, and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your mouth!”
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars
At the last Oscars ceremony, Will Smith made headlines when he slapped Chris Rock in response to a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett. As a result of this incident, the Academy publicly issued an official statement banning Smith from attending or participating in any Academy event for ten years. Despite this drastic decision, Smith graciously accepted it and expressed respect on April 8 for their choice.