Freeman has been acting since 1964 and has been nominated five times for an Academy Award and for five Golden Globes, winning a best supporting actor Oscar for 'Million Dollar Baby' and a best actor Globe for 'Driving Miss Daisy.'
Last year's recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award was Robert De Niro; previous honorees include Sidney Poitier, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery, Barbra Streisand, and Martin Scorsese.
Freeman shows no signs of slowing down: His latest 'Dolphin Tale,' is now in theaters and 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'Summer at Dog Dave's' for director Rob Reiner are due out next year.
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