By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 12, 2010 at 8:53AM
Morgan Freeman, 73, is having quite a year. He started off 2010 with his fifth Oscar nomination, for playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus; his latest movie, the well-reviewed comedy thriller Red opens on Friday; and he may actually land David Fincher as the director of his 15 years-in-development outer-space epic Rendezvous with Rama. (See MTV video below.) The reason this is now close to being possible: Fincher and James Cameron's advances with performance capture and 3-D.
Freeman can also boast that he has been chosen as The American Film Institute's recipient of the 39th Life Achievement Award. The Freeman tribute will take place on June 9, 2011, and will air on TV Land PRIME.
"Across decades, whether playing a prisoner, a president or God, he embodies a calm authority that demands respect for the character and for the art form," says AFI's board of trustees chair, Howard Stringer, "[he is] an American treasure." This award places him in good company: past recipients include Steven Spielberg, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis, Orson Welles and Mike Nichols.