The American Film Institute will present the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award—America's highest honor for a career in film—to Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman June 9 at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles.
The black-tie gala event will take place on Stage 15, where "The Wizard of Oz," "Grand Hotel," "Spiderman" and other classic movies were filmed. The stage will be transformed into an elegant ballroom to honor the storied career of Freeman.
Members of this year's benefit committee are Ben Affleck, Jim Carrey, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Ashley Judd, Helen Mirren, Mike Nichols, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford, Tim Robbins, Steven Spielberg, Hilary Swank, Denzel Washington and Alfre Woodard.
Freeman made his Broadway debut in the Pearl Bailey production of Hello, Dolly! He earned a Tony Award nomination for The Gospel at Colonus and has also appeared in The Dozens, Purlie, The Mighty Gents and the 2008 revival of The Country Girl.
Freeman is known for his Golden Globe-winning performance in "Driving Miss Daisy," and his Academy Award-winning performance in "Million Dollar Baby." His numerous screen appearances include "Invictus," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Se7en," "Kiss the Girls," "Amistad," "Unforgiven," "Attica" and "The Bucket List."