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Morgan Freeman will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes

Morgan Freeman, soon-to-be Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient. (GUS RUELAS/REUTERS)

Morgan Freeman already was celebrated this year with AFI’s Life Achievement Award. Now the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has decided to give him another career-spanning honor at this year’s Golden Globes.

The HFPA announced earlier today that Freeman, 74, will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Globes ceremony, to be held Jan. 15. The award is bestowed upon “talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment,” a press release explained, noting that recent recipients have included Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010) and Steven Spielberg (2009).

So in summary, this means that the Golden Globes telecast will feature a delightfully uplifting montage of clips from Freeman’s many films; possibly Tim Robbins presenting Freeman with the award in a moment that reminds us all of the touching relationship between Andy Dufresne and Red in “The Shawshank Redemption”; and Freeman making an admirably classy acceptance speech that will immediately thrust his name on to Twitter’s trending topics list.

For the record, the revered actor already has one Golden Globe — the statuette he won back in 1990 for his work in “Driving Miss Daisy.” He has been nominated on four other occasions.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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