October 12, 2010 08:48:42 GMT
Taking the torch from this year's recipient 'The Graduate' director Mike Nichols, Freeman is honored for his unmistakable voice.
Morgan Freeman is to be honored with the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award next year. The Oscar-winning star's 40-year career will be celebrated at a star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles in June.
Freeman previously won an Academy Award in 2005 for his role in "Million Dollar Baby". He also landed a Golden Globe for 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy". Previous winners of the coveted award include Michael Douglas, Al Pacino, Sean Connery and Meryl Streep. "The Graduate" director Mike Nichols picked up the title this year.
"Morgan Freeman is an American treasure," Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, said in a release. "Across decades, whether playing a prisoner, a president or God, he embodies a calm authority that demands respect for the character and for the art form. His gifts to the cultural record are also underscored by his unmistakable voice that echoes through the hearts and minds of movie lovers around the world."