Golden Globes winner Morgan Freeman honed craft in 5 classics from the '80s
Morgan Freeman was honored Sunday night in Hollywood with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. Unlike so many lifetime achievement spectacles, this one felt more righteous and dignified. And the moment wasn't lost on Freeman or the press who chronicled the event. (See his movie montage at bottom.)
"He was sharp, honed and sure," the Washington Post said of the 74-year-old actor. "He was dignified, certainly, but also mischievous, as when he interrupted his speech to take notice of a famed musician in the front of the crowd at the 69th annual Golden Globes. 'Hi, Elton,' Freeman said with a glint in his eye."
I'd like to think that the '80s generation saw the best of Freeman's work. From our toddler days watching Freeman on The Electric Company to his magnificent performances during our golden decade (Glory, Driving Miss Daisy) and beyond (the pinnacle to me will always be Shawshank.)
TOP 5 MORGAN FREEMAN ROLES OF THE '80s:
5. CLEAN AND SOBER (1988): "The best way to break old habits is to make new ones."
4. BRUBAKER (1980): "Who the f--- are you? I want the man! "
3. LEAN ON ME (1989): "I don't have to do nothin' but stay black and die!"
2. GLORY (1989): "And what are you? So full of hate you want to go out and fight everybody! Because you've been whipped and chased by hounds. Well that might not be living, but it sure as hell ain't dying."
1. DRIVING MISS DAISY (1989): "Some days, she better than others... but then, who ain't?"