Morgan Freeman is the 2012 Cecil B. DeMille award winner, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Wednesday.

Freeman, 74, will be honored at the 69th Golden Globe Awards in 2012.

The award is given every year by the HFPA for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. The calm and authoritative Morgan Freeman had already had a long and venerable career by the time he became famous, the HFPA wrote on its Web site.

The Oscar-nominated actor has been in such films like The Shawshank Redemption, Street Smart and Glory, Seven and March of the Penguins (narrator).

Freeman won his first (and to date, only) Golden Globe award in 1989, for his role as Hoke Colburn in Driving Miss Daisy. In 2004, Freeman was awarded with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing an elderly former boxer named Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris in Million Dollar Baby, also starring Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank.

Over the years, the versatile actor has also loaned his voice to Visa commercials and nature documentaries.

In 2005, Freeman publicly ridiculed 60 Minutes host Mike Wallace, when asked about how he was going to celebrate Black History Month.

Which month his white history month? I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history, Freeman told Wallace during the interview.  

Freeman, who is currently filming The Dark Knight Rises, the actor will next appear in the big screen adaptation of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, directed by Danny DeVito and co-starring Pierce Brosnan and Saoirse Ronan.

The 69th Golden Globe Awards will telecast from Hollywood on Jan. 15, 2012.

Click through for past Cecil B. DeMille winners of the past decade.

Note: There was no 2008 award ceremony due to the 2007 Writers Guild strike.

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