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MORGAN FREEMAN—A ‘PRINCE IN HIS PROFESSION’
Morgan Freeman was hailed as “a prince in his profession” by Sidney Poitier, who, with Helen Mirren, introduced him as this year’s recipient of the Cecil B. De Mille award.
Poitier, himself a former De Mille award recipient, said Freeman invests the characters he plays with a third-dimensional aura and added: “You become the character and the character becomes you.”
Helen Mirren, a three-time Golden Globe winner, playfully chided Freeman for having made more than 50 films and only one —Red—with her.
The Cecil B. De Mille award is given every year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.
The calm and authoritative Morgan Freeman, 74, had already had a long and venerable career by the time he became famous.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he made his acting debut at the age of nine in a school play, won a state-wide drama competition when he was 12, performed on a Nashville radio show while still in high school, danced at the 1964 World’s Fair and first appeared on screen in 1965 as an extra in The Pawnbroker.
He won a best actor Golden Globe in 1990 for Driving Miss Daisy and was nominated three more times, for The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, for which he won an Oscar, and Invictus.
The actor recently finished filming his role as a wheelchair-bound former baseball star in The Summer of Monte Wildhorn,.
Morgan Freeman is currently playing Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway et al. It is Freeman’s third appearance as Wayne Enterprises CEO Lucius Fox and “Q” to Bruce Wayne’s James Bond
The 69th Annual Golden Globes are tonight and the stars of The Dark Knight Rises will be well-represented.
Most significantly, Morgan Freeman, who has played Lucius Fox in all three Nolan Batman outings, will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. It will be presented by CBD Award-winner and legend Sidney Poitier.
Christian Bale’s The Flowers of War is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
And Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Cancer Comedy” 50/50 is nominated for Best Comedy or Musical Motion Picture, and Gordon-Levitt himself for best actor.