It’s only fitting for such a legendary actor.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center recently announced Morgan Freeman will be honored at the 43rd Annual Chaplin Award Gala held at Lincoln Center on Monday, April 25, 2016. This prestigious award began in 1972 when the Film Society’s Annual Gala honored Charlie Chaplin who returned to the U.S. from exile to accept the commendation. Since then, the award has been given to only the most extraordinary talents in film, such as Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep, to name a few. Needless to say, Morgan Freeman more than fits in with this bunch. Freeman has been a phenomenal actor for decades with notables performances on and off the screen. He’s pretty much universally loved and for good reason. He never mails in a performance and has been key to solidifying several movies as American classics. The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Executive Director Lesli Klainberg summed up Freeman’s career appropriately by saying “Whether in a leading or supporting role, he brings a quiet gravitas to each of his memorable performances in such films as Lean on Me and Driving Miss Daisy to Street Smart, The Shawshank Redemption, Seven, Million Dollar Baby, and Invictus.” Morgan Freeman is no rookie to awards either, with one Oscar win under his belt for Million Dollar Baby and several nominations for his other classic films.