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CinemaCon 2013: Morgan Freeman to Receive Cinema Icon Award

Morgan Freeman - The Dark Knight Rises -P 2012
Morgan Freeman in "The Dark Knight Rises"

The “Oblivion” star is honored for his many memorable roles in“Driving Miss Daisy,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Dark Knight” trilogy, among others.

Morgan Freeman will be honored at this year’s CinemaCon with the 2013 Cinema Icon Award.

The Oblivion actor will be recognized during the convention’s CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.

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“As one of the most esteemed actors of our time, Morgan Freeman has portrayed some of the most memorable characters ever to appear on film,” said CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser, citing Freeman’s work in Driving Miss Daisy, Glory, The Shawshank Redemption, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby and The Dark Knight trilogy. “Freeman’s presence exudes a dignity, charm and soul unmatched by any other actor.”

Freeman next stars opposite Tom Cruise in Universal’s Oblivion, out April 19. Now You See Me, co-starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine, is due out on May 31 via Summit Entertainment.

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The actor received an Academy Award in 2005 for his supporting role in Million Dollar Baby and was nominated again for his role in Invictus. In 2012, he received the Cecil B. Demille Award at the Golden Globes and the year prior, was honored with the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.