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Morgan Freeman will take home the SAG Life Achievement Award for 2017

Morgan Freeman is about to experience an incredible moment in his career that few actors and actresses can say they’ve reached. The SAG Lifetime Achievement award is SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor, and for Morgan Freeman, being named the 2017 recipient is well deserved. His friends, fans, and peers can all agree, especially after the success of his career thus far – and the promise of what’s to come.

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris had this to say about Morgan’s achievements and how much he deserves the award.

I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur, convicted murderer, boxing gym attendant, pimp or president, Morgan fully realized every character, baring their souls and showcasing their humanity. It has been a privilege to see his genius at work.’

Every film buff has a personal favorite role of Morgan’s. From The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby to Seven and Million Dollar Baby, he’s brought some unforgettable characters to life. He has made an indescribable impact on the entertainment industry and it’s not one that looks like it’ll simmer anytime soon. He’s still motivated, dedicated, strong, and talented.

He’s got over 100 film credits to his name, his voice has been given to a number of documentaries and television specials. He’s also received a number of awards to date, some of which include a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards and a Kennedy Center Honor – and that’s just naming a few.

In addition, he gives of himself outside of the industry, too, working with charities and organizations to improve life for people all over the world. So it truly comes as no surprise that an award described as being given ‘for outstanding achievement in fostering the finest ideals of the acting profession’ is being given to Morgan Freeman. We can’t wait to see him accept the great honor.

The award ceremony will air on January 21st, 2018.