"Honorees [will be] selected based on outstanding accomplishments as well as their impact and influence that their television career has had on industry and audiences", Tatna continued, adding that the honor will be the HFPA's first special achievement award since the inauguration of the DeMille award in 1952.
Whether this year will return the Globes to their more lighthearted celebrations will rest partly with its unexpected pairing of Andy Samberg and Killing Eve star Sandra Oh, who on Thursday (Friday NZT) was nominated for best actress in a TV series drama.
A recent survey of the popular and award-winning movies revealed that the entertainment industry is still the domain of white, straight men, both in front of and behind the camera.
"Vice" director Adam McKay, who was also nominated, described the film as "an unbelievable portrayal of power".
He was the 2015 Emmy Awards host, while Oh is a newcomer to handling emcee duties for a major ceremony. She will also be the first Canadian to host the Globes. They were announced as hosts to the January 6 (January 7 NZT) ceremony, to be broadcast live on U.S. network NBC.
This year's Golden Globe nominations included a few surprises - and a few snubs.
"Vice" topped all contenders Thursday with a surprising six nominations, including best picture, comedy.
Netflix's best chance at a prestige prize comes with the British production "Bodyguard," which was nominated for best drama series and its blazing star performance by "Game of Thrones" graduate Richard Madden as a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who is assigned to protect a high-ranking government officer.
Bob Odenkirk: For the first time in four years, the "Better Call Saul" actor was not nominated in the best dramatic actor category.
Once again, female directors didn't get any nominations this year, despite star Natalie Portman's criticizing the HFPA for ignoring women behind the camera when she announced the 2017 nominees.
Oh will be the first person of colour ever to host the event.
Following in the footsteps of the American Film Institute, none of the 10 films nominated for best picture (comedy/musical and drama) were directed by a woman, nor were any of the five directing nominees women. Streisand is the only one to win, for Yentl in 1984.