The Welsh actor, who has been nominated six times without winning a Golden Globe, is best known for his Oscar-winning performance in 1991's The Silence of the Lambs and has been gracing cinema screens for almost 40 years.
Philip Berk, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, describes the 67-year-old as arguably the greatest living actor.
He adds, "It's a choice I am particularly proud of. It's an honor to us as well as to him."
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