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Morgan Freeman to get AFI lifetime award

Morgan Freeman to get AFI lifetime award

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Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman will receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute, the AFI said on Monday, calling him an “American treasure”. Freeman, 73, who won an Academy Award for his work in boxing drama “Million Dollar Baby” and a Golden Globe for “Driving Miss Daisy”, has played roles ranging from God to presidents in a 40-year career on both stage and screen. Known for his mellow voice and calm demeanor, he was last seen playing former South African president Nelson Mandela in the 2009 movie “Invictus”. “Morgan Freeman is an American treasure,” Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “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 will be presented with the award — the AFI’s highest honor — at a gala dinner in June 2011 that will later be broadcast on television.

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  • There is no doubt that when Morgan Freeman dies and ascends to Heaven to meet God, he will be staring at a reflection of himself, just in an all-white suit.

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