Morgan Freeman to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman was today named the 54th recipient of the Screen Actors Guide (SAG) Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

 

LOS ANGELES — Freeman will be presented with the SAG-AFTRA performers union’s highest tribute, which is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” on Jan. 21 at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS, according to the Daily News.

 

Actor Morgan Freeman poses for a portrait, Monday, April 25, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

“Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur, convicted murderer, boxing gym attendant, pimp or president, Morgan fully realized every character baring their souls and showcasing their humanity. It has been a privilege to see his genius at work.”

Freeman received a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance in “Million Dollar Baby,” a role that also garnered him a SAG Award.

His other film credits include “Unforgiven,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Glory,” and “Invictus,” in which he portrayed South African anti-apartheid activist and former president Nelson Mandela.

Morgan Freeman participates in “The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman” panel during the National Geographic Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

 

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