Morgan Freeman will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 69th annual Golden Globes next year for his work in cinema, according to a statement by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which runs this awards show, obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
The actor, who won an Academy Award for "Million Dollar Baby" in 2005 and earned a Kennedy Center Honor 2008, was announced as the recipient by Amy Adams and director Pedro Almod?var at a press conference on Wednesday, November 9.
Previous winners of the DeMille award include Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, Al Pacino, Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.
The award was named in honor of Cecil B. DeMille, a director, producer, screenwriter and actor, who had a hand in films like "The Ten Commandments" and "Cleopatra."
Freeman has received several accolades throughout his career for his achievements in acting. Earlier this year he received the 39th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in 1990 for his work in "Driving Miss Daisy."
The actor recently appeared in the sleeper box office hit "Dolphin Tale" and is currently reprising his role as Lucius Fox in "The Dark Knight Rises."
The 2012 Golden Globes will take place January 15 on live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT.