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Morgan Freeman accepted the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award last night during a ceremony at Sony Studios filled with his peers, including Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Helen Mirren, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Robbins and Forest Whitaker.

Freeman listened to star after star share what they admire about him and his work. The 74-year-old Oscar winner sat at the head table near the center of the room, beaming.

Jackson told the actor he was inspired by both Freeman’s work and his words.

“In a world of too much cubic zirconium, you are the real thing,” he said.

Whitaker called Freeman an “adviser, a beacon, a confidant, a shoulder to lean on, protector, and friend,” both in real life and in the characters he has played on film.

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article courtesy of Eurweb.com

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