Morgan Freeman to Receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award
Though the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards won't hit the air until Sunday, January 15th next year, as usual, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association already has an award ready to hand out as THR reports that veteran actor Morgan Freeman will be the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. Though the actor has had 74 years of life, Freeman didn't make his debut on film until 1964 in an uncredited turn as a man on the street in The Pawnbroker. Of course, as many cinephiles are aware, in the decades since, Freeman has had an eclectic career working with some of Hollywood's finest talents.
Freeman has previously won only a single Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in Driving Miss Daisy back in 1990. However, he's also been nominated four other times for his work on Invictus, Million Dollar Baby, The Shawshank Redemption and Street Smart. Aside from those unforgettable turns, Freeman is also well know for playing God in both Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty, not to mention Bruce Wayne's trusted confidante Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise. Other turns include stunning performances in Glory, Se7en, Unforgiven and more.
And let's not forget his contribution to film in the form of that fantastic voice that has so gracefully narrated films like March of the Penguins, War of the Worlds, and most recently the remake of Conan the Barbarian. Freeman is undoubtedly deserving of the award which has gone to such iconic talent as Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Poitier, Sean Connery, Martin Scorsese and more, and I look forward to seeing him honored at the ceremony next year.