The ceremony honoring excellence in film and television is to take place Jan. 10, with comedian Ricky Gervais to serve as host.
"Washington's long and storied career is earmarked by his countless roles in front and behind the camera. It is the HFPA's privilege to honor his contributions to the entertainment industry with the Cecil B. DeMille Award," Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, said in a statement Monday.
The 60-year-old native New Yorker is known for his work in the films The Equalizer, Flight, American Gangster, Training Day, The Hurricane, Malcolm X and Glory. He will be seen in September in Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, starring alongside Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.
Previous recipients of the Cecil B. DeMille Award include George Clooney (2015), Woody Allen (2014), Jodie Foster (2013), Morgan Freeman, (2012), Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001), and Barbra Streisand (2000). The 2008 Golden Globe Awards ceremony was canceled due to the Writers Guild of America strike.