The endearing career and enduring charm of Woody Allen were honoured at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards. The esteemed clarinetist, playwright, writer, and director was bestowed with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to art and entertainment; it was accepted on his behalf by long-time collaborator and Academy Award winner Diane Keaton. This recognition of his lifelong contribution to art is emblematic of what Woody Allen has come to mean not just to generation after generation but to the entire medium of cinema. With 73 movies in a career spanning sixty years Woody Allen has changed film through his writing and directing, not to mention of course his wide range of acting.
It is all of these things that organically morph themselves into the quintessential Woody Allen movie. It has been with breathtaking ease that Woody Allen has managed to capture not only the public’s imagination, but his own as well; and continues to do so. The humorous aspects of life dramatized for our viewing pleasure and pain, that is what Woody Allen has given us. He is as central a figure in modern American art and culture as any. Woody Allen is undoubtedly a student of cinema; and he may be the greatest student of cinema we have ever seen. It is this studious yet perpetually-perplexed nature that has changed the very institution of cinema; changed it with his trademark portrayals of life and its adorably infuriating entanglements.