It was announced this morning that decorated actor, renowned narrator and soothing uncle figure to the American public Morgan Freeman will be graced with the Cecil B. DeMille Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The award recognizes Freeman's contribution to the world of film since his early acting roles in the 1970s. Some of Freeman's most memorable big screen roles in recent years include Hoke Colburn in Driving Miss Daisy, Ellis "Red" Redding in The Shawshank Redemption, Det. Somerset in Se7en, and Nelson Mandela in Invictus.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award regularly goes to actors and filmmakers who had demonstrated a long, varied career of impressive artistic merit. Following DeMille himself in 1952, the first individual to receive the award was Walt Disney. Recent recipients include Sir Anthony Hopkins, Warren Beatty, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.
Freeman will receive the award at the 69th Annual Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.