Morgan Freeman to be honored by AFI
Wednesday 13 October 2010
The American Film Institute has announced that Oscar winner Morgan Freeman will be the 39th recipient of AFI's Life Achievement Award. The award to honor Freeman's talent will be presented at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 9 and telecast later.
A five-time Academy Award nominee, the 73-year-old Freeman won the Oscar for best supporting actor in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby.
"Morgan Freeman is an American treasure," Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board of Trustees, said in the announcement. "Across decades, whether playing a prisoner, a president or God, he embodies a calm authority that demands respect for the character and for the art form. His gifts to the cultural record are also underscored by his unmistakable voice that echoes through the hearts and minds of movie lovers around the world."
Freeman stars with Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis and John Malkovich in the action comedy Red, releasing this weekend in North America.
His credits cover a diverse range of films from classic dramas to comedies, working with directors from Clint Eastwood to Christopher Nolan.
The films includes Invictus with Matt Damon, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption with Tim Robbins, The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson, Million Dollar Baby with Hilary Swank, and Bruce Almighty with Jim Carey.
Next year, he will star in Dolphin Tale, a true life story of a dolphin, and the as-yet-untitled Batman film from Christopher Nolan.
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