Morgan Freeman Will Receive Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award


The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Academy Award–winning actor Morgan Freeman will be honored at the 43rd Annual Chaplin Award Gala held at Lincoln Center Monday, April 25.


The evening will celebrate the remarkable talent of an actor who has portrayed some of the most memorable characters committed to film. The event will be attended by notable guests and will include movie and interview clips culminating in the presentation of The Chaplin Award.


“The Board is delighted to honor Morgan Freeman with the Chaplin Award this year,” said Ann Tenenbaum, the film society’s board chairman.


“He is one of the most gifted actors of our time, and his body of work has changed the film landscape,” she said. “He is universally loved as an actor and as a humanitarian, and we are thrilled to add the Chaplin to the long list of distinguished awards he has already received.”


After beginning his acting career in Off-Broadway stage productions, Freeman segued into television. Many people grew up watching him on the long-running Children’s Television Workshop classic The Electric Company, in which he played the Easy Reader among several recurring characters.


He won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in Million Dollar Baby in 2005. He also received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for Best Supporting Actor for Street Smart, in 1994 for Best Actor for The Shawshank Redemption, and in 2010 for Best Actor for Invictus.


He also won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in Driving Miss Daisy in 1990.


Freeman was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. That same year, he received the 39th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, Freeman received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting, and was honored with the Hollywood Actor Award from the Hollywood Film Festival.


In 2010, he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for his performance as Nelson Mandela in Invictus. In addition to his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, he also received a Golden Globe nomination and a Broadcast Critics Association nomination.


Through Revelations Entertainment, a company he co-founded, Freeman is an executive producer on CBS’ Madam Secretary, now in its second season, the host and executive producer for the three-time Emmy nominated series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, which recently completed its sixth season and will soon be seen hosting the series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on the National Geographic Channel.


He will next be seen in Focus Features’ London Has Fallen, Warner Bros’ Going in Style, Alfa Films’ Now You See Me 2 and Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur.


The Film Society’s Annual Gala began in 1972 when it honored Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the U.S. from exile to accept the commendation. Since then, the award has been renamed for Chaplin, and has been presented to many of the film industry’s most notable talents.


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