Woody Allen doesn’t “do” awards shows. Though he’s won four Oscars, nine BAFTAs and two Golden Globes, he has never been present to pick up his various accolades. The only time he ever attended one of these annual examples of industry self-congratulation was after 9/11, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asked if he would appear and introduce a montage of movies set and filmed in New York. He did so with graciousness and Allen’s signature sense of humor.
Now, the (in)famous filmmaker and American auteur is being recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with their prestigious (though Robin Williams has received one) Cecil B. DeMille Award, instantly raising two intriguing questions: (1) will he show up to schmooze and pick up his piece of hardware?, and (2) what will he say if he does? Over at the Collider (where this story originated), they are betting on the fact that the Globes won’t announce Allen less he promise to show up. It would be like giving someone an honorary Oscar and then going the whole “accepting on behalf of Mr. X is…”
Still, this is one shy icon. He rarely does interviews, is notoriously mute about upcoming projects, and even when he does discuss his life and his craft (as a recent – and exhaustive – PBS documentary named after him) he remains elusive and defiantly self-effacing. If anyone can lift the regular pointlessness of the HPFA and their Academy Awards also-ran status, it’s Allen. We’ll know on January 12, 2014. Even in his late ’70s, he remains a complex and hilarious movie legend…and a talent worth celebrating.