Norman Lear Receives Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award at Golden Globes, Fans Emotionally Respond

by Suzanne Halliburton

Norman Lear was the perfect recipient for a Golden Globes lifetime achievement award, especially one named for Carol Burnett.

Lear is 98. And as national television watched the ceremonies Sunday night, clips of his famous shows flashed on the screen. There were his multi-layered characters — Archie Bunker, George Jefferson, Fred Sanford and Maude Findlay — who helped us deal with social issues involving race, sex and class.

Fans on social media tweeted their delight in Lear being honored. Lear created shows like All in the Family, the Jeffersons, One Day At a Time, Sanford and Son, Good Times and Maude.

The Hollywood Foreign Press said the organization honored Lear because of his “progressive approach addressing controversial topics through humor.” The group also said that Lear “revolutionized the industry.”

Ever the activist, earlier in the evening, Lear was tweeting about the Hollywood Foreign Press, which conducts the Golden Globes. He pointed out the group had no Black members.

Norman Lear Thanked His Collaborators

In his acceptance speech, given from his home, Lear mentioned those who collaborated with him on so many of his shows.

“I’ve had a lifetime of partners, performers, associations and creative talents for which I am eternally grateful,” he said.

Without them, Lear said “there would be an entirely different Norman Lear tonight.”

Fans showed their love for Lear on Twitter. One wrote: “I can’t think of any figure in television who deserves a lifetime achievement award more than Norman Lear. It’s about time.”

Actress Holland Taylor tweeted: “Norman Lear thrills with his sheer humanity.”

Social Media Adored Him

Here’s a sampling of other comments:

“How does (he) not already have the lifetime achievement award? He’s literally 20 years older than the actual #GoldenGlobes.”

“Norman Lear getting the first of tonight’s Lifetime Achievement awards means I’ll be sobbing as I start my third drink of the night.”

“I LOVE me some Norman Lear.”

“Norman Lear doing the Carol Burnett ear tug and saying “so glad we had this time together…” I didn’t not cry a little.”

“The clips from the Norman Lear shows should just go on until time runs out.”

Norman Lear told the audience his secret to his longevity.

“At close to 99, I can tell you that I have never lived alone.” he said. “I have never laughed alone. And that has as much to do with my being here today as anything else I know.”