BY SHAMAN MOMOH
Morgan Freeman will receive the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award at the 43rd annual gala on Monday, April 25, 2016.
Freeman, an Oscar and Golden Globe winner, has featured in blockbusters including Glory, The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Almighty and Million Dollar Baby. Freeman is also an executive producer on CBS’ Madam Secretary and Through the Wormhole.
“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,” board chairman of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Ann Tenenbaum said.
“Morgan Freeman is one of most highly regarded and beloved actors of his generation and we are excited to honor all of his achievements with the Chaplin Award, our biggest fundraiser of the year, which recognizes those whose mastery of their craft has made an impact on the art of film,” executive director Lesli Klainberg added.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual award gala began in 1972 when it honored Charlie Chaplin.
Freeman has received the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Kennedy Center Honor.