Morgan Freeman honored with AFI Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman accepted the American Film Institute’s 39th Life Achievement Award on a Sony Studios sound stage in Culver City on Thursday night, basking in 3 1/2 hours of film clips and tributes from Clint EastwoodTim RobbinsForest WhitakerGarth BrooksBetty White and more.

“I’m proud to be an actor, although for this one night, you’ve made me feel like a star,” Freeman said.

The AFI celebration included clips of Freeman’s legendary films and early performances interspersed with recorded segments of Freeman and other actors and filmmakers reflecting on his career. And yes, his singing and dancing on public TV’s ’70s kids show “The Electric Company” was included.

Freeman blew Robbins a kiss when “The Shawshank Redemption” star said, “It was an honor being locked up with you, Morgan.”

Also on hand at the star-studded event, to name a few (and only a few): Helen MirrenSamuel L. Jackson,Matthew McConaughey, Cuba Gooding Jr.Cary ElwesDjimon HonsouKimora Lee Simmons and film critic Leonard Maltin.

“This is easy to take but hard to believe. Where I come from in Mississippi, they call this walking in high cotton,” he said. “For me, heaven has always been about acting in the movies.”

by Christie D’Zurilla via

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