Cecil B. at the Golden Globes on Tuesday night. During his acceptance speech for the DeMille Award, Eddie Murphy offered some important advice for industry up-and-comers: Don’t mess with Will Smith.
“I want to let you know that there is a specific blueprint you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind,” Murphy said at the end of his speech. “It’s a blueprint and I’ve followed it throughout my career. It’s that simple, just do these three things: do your taxes, mind your business, and keep the name of Will Smith’s wife out of your mouth!”
The joke — which, of course, referenced the infamous moment at last year’s Oscars when Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock for jabbing at Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia — resulted in gleeful, shocked laughter from the audience.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award, which has been presented to outstanding filmmakers and performers in the entertainment industry since 1952, was presented to Curtis Murphy by Tracy Morgan and Jamie Lee. Murphy starred alongside Morgan in the original “Coming to America” and its 2021 sequel; He worked with Curtis in “Trading Place” in 1983.
Murphy has previously been nominated for six Golden Globes, winning in 2007 for her performance in “Dreamgirls,” for which she was also Oscar-nominated. He is also a five-time Emmy nominee, winning in 2020 for his hosting of “Saturday Night Live,” and a three-time Grammy nominee, taking home the award for Best Comedy Recording in 1984.
Some of Murphy’s notable comedies include “Norbit,” “The Naughty Professor,” “Daddy’s Daycare” and “Trading Place,” as well as popular film series such as “Coming to America,” “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Doctor Dolittle.” “
Murphy is set to appear in several new films in the coming years following a three-picture, first-look deal with Amazon Studios. The star will star alongside co-stars Jonah Hill, Lauren London, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sam Jay and Nia Long in director Kenya Barris’ rom-com, “You People,” which Barris and Jonah Hill co-wrote.