Norman Lear has been named as the third recipient of The Carol Burnett Award at the 2021 Golden Globes.
The Carol Burnett Award started in 2019, with Burnett herself as the first recipient. The award aims to honor those “who has made outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen”. And given Lear’s track record, as the creator of many groundbreaking sitcoms such as All in the Family, The Jefferson’s, Good Times, Sanford and Son, Maude, One Day At A Time, and many others, this recognition is very well deserved.
And as of last year, Lear is the oldest person to win an Emmy Award at 98 years old.
“His career has encompassed both the Golden Age and Streaming Era, throughout which his progressive approach addressing controversial topics through humor prompted a cultural shift that allowed social and political issues to be reflected in television,” Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Ali Sar said in a statement. He also praised Lear as being one of the “most prolific creators of this generation.”
The Golden Globes air on February 28th on NBC.