Allen was a member of Sid Caesar’s writing room back in the 1950s.
In a statement, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Theo Kingma said:
“There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen. His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he is an international treasure.”
Allen was quoted in the press release from a while ago as telling the HFPA members when he met with them:
“Fame has many drawbacks and many advantages and it’s close, but the advantages just outweigh the drawbacks. Believe it or not, there are many terrible things about being famous and many wonderful things, too.
“In the end, the good things are better than the bad, so if you have the chance, it’s better to be famous.”
At 77 years old, the actor-writer-director-producer-composer-musician has kept up with his schedule of releasing one movie per year with Blue Jasmine becoming his most recent work. Allen has received 11 Golden Globe nominations and won two times–most recently for his Midnight in Paris screenplay. His other win came at the 43rd annual ceremony for The Purple Rose of Cairo screenplay, co-written with Robert Greenhut.
Allen is notorious for never showing up at awards ceremonies but made his first Oscars appearance in 2002 to present a tribute to films shot in New York City.