Los Angeles: Veteran actor Morgan Freeman, who was bestowed with the Screen Actors Guild’s lifetime achievement award, touched upon gender inclusion as he called out the guild for presenting a “gender-specific” trophy.
The 80-year-old actor said he was “beyond honoured” to accept the recognition and was grateful to the SAGs for the award.
“These moments in life usually call for an entire litany of thank yous. I can’t do that because I don’t know all of your names, so I won’t try. This is beyond honour, this is a place in history.
I want to say thanks to SAGs for this enormous honour.
“Oh, and one more thing. I wasn’t going to do this; I’m going to tell you what’s wrong with this statue. It works from the back, but from the front, it’s gender specific. Maybe I started something,” Freeman said in his acceptance speech.
He was presented the award by Rita Moreno who first worked together on the 1971 educational children’s series “The Electric Company”, Variety reported.
The actor, also a producer and a narrator with a baritone, has been in the industry for over five decades who finally broke into the film industry at the age of 50.
Freeman has an SAG Award, two Golden Globes, and an Oscar to his credit.