Morgan Freeman, the 80-year-old actor will be the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Freeman at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony on January 21, 2018.
“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. 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 began acting at the age of 12, and even though he loved to perform after graduating high school, he turned down a drama scholarship to join the U.S. Air Force. He did find his way back to acting and in 1967 he landed a part in an all African-American Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! starring Pearl Bailey.
Since then he has appeared in nearly 100 films, which have earned over $4.5 billion at the box office. Some of his films include Million Dollar Baby, which he won him an Oscar for; Unforgiven, Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption. Earning him multiple nominations for a SAG Award, an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
He isn’t showing signs of slowing down either starring in this year’s heist comedy film Going in Style along side Alan Arkin and Michael Caine. Freeman will also be in the upcoming fantasy film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which is set to be released on November 2, 2018.
Congratulations to Mr. Morgan Freeman on this big honor.