Life achievement gong for Freeman
Morgan Freeman is to be honoured with a prestigious life achievement award.
The Hollywood legend follows in the footsteps of Mike Nichols, Michael Douglas and Sean Connery, and will be presented his gong by the American Film Institute at a glittering gala tribute on June 9 2011 in Los Angeles.
"Morgan Freeman is an American treasure - AFI is proud to present him with its 39th Life Achievement Award," said Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board of trustees.
"Across decades, whether playing a prisoner, a president or God, he embodies a calm authority that demands respect for the character and for the art form. His gifts to the cultural record are also underscored by his unmistakable voice that echoes through the hearts and minds of movie lovers around the world."
Morgan - who has starred in blockbusters like The Dark Knight, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus - has won numerous awards, including a best supporting actor Oscar in 2005 for his role in Million Dollar Baby and a best actor Golden Globe for his performance in Driving Miss Daisy.
He next appears in Red alongside Bruce Willis and Dame Helen Mirren, and will begin shooting Dolphin's Tale later this year.