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Norman Lear to Receive Carol Burnett Award at the 2021 Golden Globes

The man, the myth, the legend: Norman Lear is set to receive the Carol Burnett Award this year at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards. Let's talk about just why this man truly deserves this incredibly important award.
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At the age of 98, legendary TV producer Norman Lear will become the third-ever recipient of the Golden Globes’ Carol Burnett Award.

The Carol Burnett Award is an honor given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen.” The trophy was named in honor of its first recipient, actress and comedian Carol Burnett, who received the award in 2019.

The First Two Recipients Were Female

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Carol Burnett with the first Carol Burnett Award / Shutterstock

87-year-old Carol Burnett was the first to win this prestigious award for the contributions she’s made to TV and comedy over her decades-long career. Even more impressive is the fact that Burnett is the most decorated star in the Golden Globes TV category: She has won six Golden Globes and earned 17 nominations. Steve Carell presented Burnett with the award of her namesake two years ago.

The 2020 recipient of the Carol Burnett Award was Ellen DeGeneres. SNL star Kate McKinnon presented the trophy to Ellen in honor of her staying power in the television industry and her philanthropic efforts outside of it.

Norman Lear will be the first male recipient of the award. Watch him receive this great honor when the 2021 Golden Globe Awards air at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 28.

Related: Watch This: ‘Norman Lear – Just Another Version of You’

Norman Lear’s Credits

Norman Lear is certainly a worthy recipient of this prize. After all, without Norman, we wouldn’t have some of the most trailblazing comedy shows to ever exist, including All in the Family, Sanford and Son and The Golden Girls.

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The Golden Girls / NBC

Lear’s long list of previous awards also make him a ripe contender for this honor:

  • 1971 – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (All in the Family)
  • 1971 – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding New Series (All in the Family)
  • 1972 – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (All in the Family)
  • 1973 – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (All in the Family)
  • 1973 – PGA Showmanship Award for Television
  • 1978 – PGA Showmanship Award for Television
  • 1978 – Writers Guild of America (WGA) Valentine Davies Award
  • 1978 – Peabody Award for All in the Family (1971)
  • 1983 – WGA Award for Best Variety, Musical or Comedy
  • 1987 – American Comedy Award for Creative Achievement
  • 1991 – Casting Society of America Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1993 – WGA Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement
  • 1999 – Lucy Award
  • 1999 – Television Critics Association Career Achievement Award
  • 2006 – PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Television
  • 2012 – International Emmy Awards 40th Anniversary Special Founders Award
  • 2014 – GLAAD Media Pioneer Award
  • 2015- WGA Evelyn F. Burkley Award
  • 2016 – All Def Movie Vanguard Award
  • 2017 – The Kennedy Center Honors Award
  • 2019 – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special Live for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ 
  • 2020 – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special Live for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Good Times’

The television and film projects that Norman Lear has helped create since the 1950s have all brought social issues to the forefront of pop culture with humor, heart, and wit. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of the Carol Burnett Award!