Morgan Freeman, this year's recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, will also take home the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards ceremony. As per the HFPA, the DeMille Award is given to “talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.”
Though now in his mid-70s, Freeman became a film personality only a little over two decades ago. His performance in Street Smart (1987) earned him excellent notices and an eventual Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Two years later, he was nominated in the lead category for Driving Miss Daisy. Among Freeman's recent movies are the sleeper hit Red; Invictus, which earned him his fifth Oscar nod; The Dark Knight; and the box office flop The Bucket List, with Jack Nicholson.
Perhaps it's only a coincidence, but black performers are getting their due this year. Oprah Winfrey will receive the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Award, while James Earl Jones will get an Honorary Oscar at the Academy's Governors Awards. Sidney Poitier is the only previous black person to be given the HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Other Cecil B. DeMille Award recipients include Cecil B. DeMille himself, in addition to Gregory Peck, Joan Crawford, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Doris Day, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams, Michael Douglas, Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford, Audrey Hepburn, and Al Pacino.
The 2012 Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, January 15.