Morgan Freeman Set to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at Golden Globes

Tonight, Hollywood will honor the best in the business at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  One of film’s most esteemed actors, Morgan Freeman, is receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

At 74 years old, Freeman still believes he has a lot left to do.

In an interview with USA Today, Freeman says, “I’m getting a lot of end-of-the-career awards, that lifetime achievement stuff.  I’m beginning to feel like I’m being told, ‘OK, time to hang up your cleats and sit down.’  Once you start getting them, it’s like, ‘What do you—what?! What is this lifetime achievement?  Have I done it already?  There’s no more achieving for you?’  You just ask, you know.  You have to get up when they give these things to you and say, ‘Now, wait a minute; I don’t consider myself done yet.’”

In fact, Freeman is busier than ever.  His career dates back to the 70s and includes star-making performances in Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, and his brave undertaking of the role of God in Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty.  He’s been nominated for four Academy Awards, and won best supporting actor in 2004 for Million Dollar Baby.  His next project is The Dark Knight Rises, the much-anticipated third and last film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. 

While Freeman might be worried about the meaning behind receiving the lifetime achievement, he is among good company of past honorees.  The award (named for the successful director) began in 1952, and winners have included Judy Garland, Alfred Hitchcock, Barbra Streisand, and Sidney Poitier.

The award show will air on NBC 8 p.m. ET. /5 p.m. PT.

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  1. Bryan Edward Avis via Facebook

    January 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Finally I hear an actor of proper calibur to win this award! He is a damn fine actor and deserves this award! Bravo Morgan Freeman!

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