He's played seemingly every role in Hollywood, and now, Morgan Freeman is set to be honored for his impressive body of work: The actor has been tapped as the 54th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
In a statement on the SAG website, the organization outlines some of Freeman's many achievements, noting that he's "one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema" whose "works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time."
"Whether a role requires an air of gravitas, a playful smile, twinkle of the eye, or a world-weary, yet insightful soul, Freeman's ability to delve to the core of a character and infuse it with a quiet dignity has resulted in some of the most memorable cinematic characters committed to film," the statement said.
Freeman, who won both an Oscar and a SAG award for his supporting role in 2004's "Million Dollar Baby," was previously honored for lifetime achievement by the Golden Globes in 2012, and by the American Film Institute in 2011. He's been nominated for four other Academy Awards, and has appeared in nearly 100 films, in addition to numerous television shows, and lent his voice to many documentaries and commercial campaigns.
"I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year's recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award," said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris in a statement. "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. 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."
Freeman will receive the award at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony, slated for January 21, 2018.