BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. | Upbeat and energetic, Bridges accepts Globes’ DeMille honor
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Jan 07, 2019—Nearly seven decades after Jeff Bridges appeared as an infant alongside his mother in a film, the prolific — and sometimes underappreciated — actor gleefully accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards.
Bridges, known as “The Dude,” stepped onstage full of energy, thanking everyone from his stand-in of nearly 70 years to his late parents. He compared himself and everyone in the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to a trim tab, the tiny piece beneath a ship that can change the craft’s direction, saying they can all “turn this ship around, man!”
He recognized Peter Bogdanovich for giving his start by casting him in the 1971 film “The Last Picture Show.” He thanked Joel and Ethan Coen for giving him his signature role as the Dude in 1998’s “The Big Lebowski,” which became a cult classic thanks to his nonchalant, knit-sweater wearing character Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski.