Con­tenders: Golden Globes

The HFPA honors Jeff Bridges with its life­time achieve­ment ac­co­lade

Variety - - Contents - BY KRISTO­PHER TAP­LEY

Jeff Bridges and Carol Bur­nett will re­ceive spe­cial honors at the cer­e­mony on Jan. 6; plus the scoop on hosts San­dra Oh and Andy Sam­berg, and more.

JE F F B R I DGES GREW UP with show busi­ness in his veins. His fa­ther, the late Lloyd Bridges, was a gre­gar­i­ous sort who not only loved the mak­ing of movies, but the sell­ing of them as well. He would en­cour­age his chil­dren to give it a go. “This is a great life,” he would tell them.

Still, like any re­bel­lious kid, th e younger Bridges — who will re­ceive the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press Assn.’s Ce­cil B. Demille Award for ca­reer achieve­ment at the 76th an­nual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6 — was re­sis­tant to chas­ing his fa­ther’s cho­sen trade. He wanted to be a mu­si­cian in­stead, or an artist.“i had maybe 10 movies un­der my belt be­fore I thought I could do this for the rest of my life,” he said in 2009.

Even­tu­ally the pas­sion kicked in. Six decades into a movie ca­reer that tech­ni­cally be­gan when he was a 6-month-old in­fant on the set of John Cromwell’s 1951 film “The Com­pany She Keeps,” the 69-year-old ac­tor has moved in and out of the char­ac­ter ac­tor space with ease, crafted award-win­ning lead per­for­mances with equal aplomb and main­tained his trade­mark laid-back at­ti­tude through­out.

Early days found him op­po­site his fa­ther in tele­vi­sion’s “Sea Hunt” and “The Lloyd

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