by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Oscar winner Morgan Freeman is the 39th recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award following after other legendary honorees: Poitier, Eastwood, Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Spielberg, and Alfred Hitchcock. The grand ceremony was held at a glamorized Stage 15 — the same stage once graced by Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.
The 74-year-old actor sat at the head table situated centrally in a room brimming with hundreds of fellow actors, actresses, and friends. According to the Associate Press, “Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Helen Mirren, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Robbins and Forest Whitaker were among the stars who feted Freeman during a ceremony Thursday at Sony Studios, former home of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.”
The ceremony lasted three-and-a-half-hours, and there were musical tributes from Garth Brooks, Betty White, and Rita Moreno.
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