On Sunday, the Hollywood Foreign Press' award ceremony The Golden Globes handed out trophies to the films and television shows considered to be the best in the last year. The Revenant was the big winner in the film category, with nods for best picture, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and director Alejandro G. Inarritu. But the star of the night was Denzel Washington who won the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Presented annually to the actor or actress that the HFP considers to have made "an outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment," this year's winner is the actor best known for films like Remember the Titans, Glory, The Pelican Brief, Philadelphia, The Great Debaters, Unstoppable, and The Book of Eli among many others.
Ironically, Washington left his eye glasses behind and was unable to read his prepared statement upon winning, leading to chuckles about his age (he's sixty-one) from his family and the audience gathered there. But Washington's own life story is one of faith, and sharing through his gifts.
Washington said in a previous interview, "A part of me still says, 'Maybe, Denzel, you're supposed to preach. Maybe you're still compromising.' I've had an opportunity to play great men and, through their words, to preach. I take what talent I've been given seriously, and I want to use it for good."
Hopefully, all of us will choose to use our gifts for good, that through our actions and words, others might see God glorified and have faith.