Oscar winner Morgan Freeman will receive the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 43rd Chaplin Award during the group’s annual gala on April 25. Freeman, a five-time Oscar nominee and 2005 Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby, joins a list of luminaries that began in 1972 with Charlie Chaplin and last year lauded Robert Redford.
“The board is delighted to honor Morgan Freeman with the Chaplin Award this year,” Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman, said in the announcement. “He is one of the most gifted actors of our time, and his body of work has changed the film landscape. 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.”
Freeman’s upcoming films include Focus Features’ London Has Fallen, Warner Bros’ Going In Style, Alfa Films’ Now You See Me 2 and Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur. In 2011, Freeman received the Cecil B. DeMille Award and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, he was among the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for his distinguished acting. 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 soon will be seen hosting The Story of God with Morgan Freeman series on the National Geographic Channel.