Diane Keaton will accept the Cecil B. De Mille Lifetime Achievement Award at next year's Golden Globe ceremony on behalf of her friend and former boyfriend, Woody Allen.
The 78-year-old director is to be honoured with the prestigious award at the 71st Golden Globe ceremony on January 12, 2014.
However Allen is notorious for shunning award ceremonies, so members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who nominate and vote on the awards, have now decided to ask Keaton to accept the award on his behalf.
Keaton and Allen first met in 1968 when he cast her in his Broadway play, Play it Again. Keaton also appeared in eight of his films and the pair dated for five years.
Previous recipients of the top honour include Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Harrison Ford, Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in a scene from Love and Death, directed by Allen in 1975