Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Sidney Poitier. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

During his Golden Globe Awards opening monologue, Ricky Gervais characterized the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s trophy show as a less prestigious, trashier version of the Academy Awards.

At least one moment proved that description wrong: Morgan Freeman’s acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Globes equivalent of a lifetime achievement honor.

The statuette was presented to the “Shawshank Redemption” star by Sidney Poitier (pure class) and Helen Mirren (additional pure class) and accepted by Freeman with his trademark humor and unshowy dignity (classiness trifecta complete).

Watch Freeman accept the award below.