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The 'Dolemite Is My Name' actor received a standing ovation upon taking the stage.
Eddie Murphy looked back at his nearly 40 years of being an actor while accepting the lifetime achievement award at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday night.
"Being able to make a living as an actor is a privilege and a blessing. And to make a living making people laugh, there's no higher — you're the luckiest person on Earth to be able to do that," Murphy said. "And I've gotten to do so many different types of things. I've played everything. I've been a cop and a robber and a doctor and a professor. And different ethnicities. I've been animals; I've been a donkey. I even played a spaceship once!"
Murphy warranted a couple of bleeps and as a result, laughs from the audience throughout the speech, but wrapped things up by calling the award "perfectly timed."
"I had a really great year. This is a great way to top the year off," added Murphy, whose recent portrayal of comedian Rudy Ray Moore in Netflix's Dolemite Is My Name has drawn rave reviews.
The performance garnered Murphy a nomination for another Critics Choice Award, but the trophy for best actor ultimately went to Joker's Joaquin Phoenix. However, Dolemite was named best comedy.
Murphy's Dolemite co-star Keegan-Michael Key presented Murphy with the lifetime achievement award, calling him "a cultural phenomenon."
The Critics Choice' Association also praised Murphy when announcing him as the recipient of the award.
"Eddie Murphy is the most commercially successful African American actor in the history of the motion picture business and is one of the industry's top-five box-office performers overall," the CCA said in a press release. "Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in multiple $100 million pictures over the past three decades, from Beverly Hills Cop to Daddy Day Care. Some of his other most beloved hits include 48 Hours, Trading Places, Coming to America, Harlem Nights, The Distinguished Gentleman, Bowfinger, The Nutty Professor and Shrek."
Taye Diggs is hosting the 25th annual Critics' Choice Awards for the second year in a row. The show is airing live on The CW from Santa Monica's Barker Hangar.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Woody Allen’s controversial memoir “Apropos of Nothing” has at least one major admirer: Larry David. In a recent interview published by The New York Times, the “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator shared some praise for Allen’s memoir, which was surprise released on March 24 courtesy of Arcade Publishing. David said, “Yeah, it's pretty great, it's a fantastic book, so funny. You feel like you're in the room with him and yeah, it's just a great book and it's hard to walk away after reading that book thinking that this guy did anything wrong.”
Arcade touts Allen’s memoir as “a candid and comprehensive personal account by Woody Allen of his life, ranging from his childhood in Brooklyn through his acclaimed career in film, theater, television, print and standup comedy, as well as exploring his relationships with family and friends.” Allen uses the memoir to once again deny allegations of child molestation made against him by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. The director writes the allegation was a result of Mia Farrow’s “Ahab-like quest” for revenge against him.
“I never laid a finger on Dylan, never did anything to her that could be even misconstrued as abusing her; it was a total fabrication from start to finish,” Allen writes, adding that he did place his head on Dylan's lap during an August 1992 visit to Farrow's Connecticut house. “I certainly didn't do anything improper to her. I was in a room full of people watching TV mid-afternoon.”
“Apropos of Nothing” was originally scheduled for release by book publisher Hachette, but widespread backlash to the book’s distribution and company walkouts forced the company to kill the release. Hachette returned to the rights to the novel to Allen and Arcade stepped in to release the book last month. Arcade editor Jeannette Seaver defended the release of the book in a statement that reads: “In this strange time, when truth is too often dismissed as 'fake news,' we as publishers prefer to give voice to a respected artist, rather than bow to those determined to silence him.”
Allen’s book is now available for purchase. Head over to The New York Times to read more from David’s interview.