It was announced Wednesday morning that the Hollywood Foreign Press will bestow the Cecil B. De Mille award on Morgan Freeman to celebrate a lifetime of memorable performances and his involvement in over a dozen films some of which have received Oscar recognition.

The 74 year-old actor with the imposing voice and piercing eyes began his career back in 1964, and has been on a roll ever since. He has collaborated with good friend and Hollywood director extraordinaire Clint Eastwood on a couple of features, Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). His other noteworthy films include, Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Se7en (1995), Amistad (1997), The Dark Knight (2008), and Invictus (2009)

He has garnered five Oscar nominations and five Golden Globe nods through out his distinguished career. He scored the ultimate prize when he won the best supporting actor Oscar for his tormented portrayal of an ex-boxer in Million Dollar Baby. He also grabbed the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Globe for his understated performance in Driving Miss Daisy.

The 69th annual Golden Globe Awards will air on Sunday, January 15th.

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