Morgan Freeman, 80, was bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award by SAG at Sunday’s awards show.


Freeman’s speech was short and sweet, and added humor as well. His The Electric Company co-star Rita Moreno introduced him to the crowd, who gave him a standing ovation. “You’re just saying that because it’s true,” Freeman joked about the kind words Moreno said about him when he got to the microphone.

Before he really got going, Freeman appeared to call out someone in the crowd and speak softly to them. “Hey… I’m talking to you. Yeah, hey. Okay, well you just stand out to me, that’s all,” he said from the podium into the crowd. Many viewers wondered who it was he was talking to, but later he admitted it was Lily Tomlin. “She’s a wonder in herself and I’ve always loved her. I see her, I say hello,” the actor explained later in the SAG Awards press room.

“I do want to thank SAG-AFTRA for this enormous honor, and a little shout out to my brood, all of whom came here form the southeast coast,” Freeman continued in his acceptance speech. “And a few other people, my business partner, my life partner, Rita, and all of you. This is beyond honor. This is a place in history.”

At the end of the speech, Freeman called out the SAG Awards for having a gender-specific statue. “I wasn’t gonna do this,” he said. “I’m gonna tell you what’s wrong with this statue. It works from the back. From the front, it’s gender-specific. Maybe I started something.” The SAG Award is a nude male holding the traditional comedy and drama masks.

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