Woody Allen To Skip Golden Globes Despite Lifetime Achievement Award?

Reports suggest the Blue Jasmine filmmaker has decided not to attend

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Woody Allen is set to received a prestigious lifetime achievement award at the 2014 Golden Globes, but according to a new report the celebrated filmmaker will not be making an appearance at the awards ceremony to collect his gong.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced in September that Allen will be given the Cecil B DeMille Award at the 2014 ceremony, which is to be held in Los Angeles on January 12.

HFPA president Theo Kingma said at the time: "There is no-one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen. "His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he truly is an international treasure."

The Golden Globes are traditionally a good indicator of who will scoop what at the Oscars, and always welcome a star studded crowd, but it sounds like the privacy loving Woody isn't keen on walking the red carpet.

Woody Allen isn't a fan of awards ceremonies (WENN)

Deadline report that they have been told by inside sources that Allen, who turns 78 next week,  has decided not to turn up to accept his award in person.

If the director doesn't show, it won't be the first time he's shunned the limelight, with Allen previously missing out on collecting his four Oscars and two further Golden Globes, once quipping that the reason he skips the Oscars ever year is because he has a standing engagement to play clarinet in a Monday night ensemble.

Allen did make an unannounced appearance at the 2002 Academy Awards though, where he made a speech pleading for production houses to continue shooting in New York following the 911 attacks.

Allen's latest film Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett is already been touted as a big contender for the 2014 awards season.