The Chaplin award honors actors and filmmakers who have reached the highest level of prominence and artistic achievement. Freeman takes home the trophy for a career that includes roles in “Lean on Me,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Seven” and “Million Dollar Baby,” the 2004 film that earned him an Academy Award. He’s also executive producer of CBS series “Madam Secretary,” and hosts and exec produces “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman.”
Freeman has been honored at the Golden Globes with an acting awards and the Cecil B. DeMille Award and also received the Kennedy Center Honor, among other accolades.
The Chaplin gala was launched by FSLC in 1972, when it honored Charlie Chaplin. Since named after its inaugural honoree, the award has gone to a roster of talents that includes Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand and, last year, Robert Redford.
The 2016 Chaplin Award gala is set for April 25 at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.