Martin Scorsese will receive the Cecil B DeMille Award for his “outstanding contribution to the entertainment field” at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 17, 2010.

The award, voted by the board of directors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, was announced by Vera Farmiga at a press conference this morning [12].

The show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live coast-to-coast from The Beverly Hilton.

Scorsese received two best director Golden Globes for The Departed and Gangs Of New York. He earned five additional Golden Globe nominations, including four as best director (Casino, Age Of Innocence, Goodfellas, and Raging Bull) and one for best screenplay for Raging Bull with Nicolas Pileggi.

Steven Spielberg won the Cecil B DeMille award last year and previous winners include Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams and Michael Douglas.

Scorsese is the founder and chair of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history.

Nominations for The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced on December 15.