The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that Morgan Freeman will be the 2012 recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award. Details from the HFPA’s official announcement are as follows:
The announcement was made at the Beverly Hilton by Amy Adams and Pedro Almodovar who were introduced by Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Dr. Aida Takla-OReilly.
The award is given every year by the HFPA for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.
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 Worlds Fair and first appeared on screen in 1965 as an extra in The Pawnbroker.
He worked in small basement stage productions in New York City and for six years was a staple of childrens television in PBSs The Electric Company.
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 Cecil B. DeMille was first given in 1952 to the filmmaker whose name it bears and other recipients have included Walt Disney, Joan Crawford, Robert Mitchum and, more recently, Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins, Steven Spielberg and Robert DeNiro among others.
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