Film and television veteran Eddie Murphy was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his contribution over his four-decade long career at the 2023 Golden Globes.
During his speech, Murphy, 61, thanked his Australian-born girlfriend Paige Butcher and his 10 children, before offering advice and a “definitive blueprint” for success on the screen.
The comedian said this would help “achieve success, prosperity, longevity, and peace of mind” – and then, of course, he couldn’t resist making a joke about the infamous Oscars slap which took place last year.
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“I’ve been in show business for 46 years and in the movie business for 41 years, so this has been a long time in the making and is greatly appreciated,” Murphy said.
“There is a definitive blueprint you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, and peace of mind.
“There’s a blueprint and I’ve followed it my whole career: Pay your taxes, mind your business, and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your f–king mouth!” he added, referring to Smith slapping host Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
This jibe elicited a huge roar of laughter – and a few gasps – from the audience, many of whom were in the room at the 94th Academy Awards last year.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is an honour bestowed on Hollywood icons, with previous recipients including Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey.
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Murphy’s jab at Smith was the second time the Oscars incident was mentioned at the 2023 Golden Globes.
Earlier in the ceremony, comedian and host Jerrod Carmichael joked that Smith had received the “Best Portrayal of Masculinity on Television” while the show was on an ad break.
In another controversial moment, Carmichael made reference to Cruise’s ties to Scientology – joking he would give back the trophies “in exchange for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige”.
“Backstage, I found these three Golden Globe awards that Tom Cruise returned…” he said.
“I think maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige.”
Shelly is the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, who is reportedly a close friend of Cruise. She was last seen in public in 2007, and there has long been speculation about her wellbeing and whereabouts.
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