The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's board of directors has named Morgan Freeman recipient of the 2012 Cecil B. DeMille Award, the HFPA announced on Wednesday.
"Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman is one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema," read the HFPA press release announcing the selection. "His works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time and Freeman himself ranks 10th among worldwide top-grossing actors of all time."
Freeman will receive his honor at the 69th Annual Golden Globes ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, January 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is currently embroiled in one lawsuit with its former publicist, and another dispute with Dick Clark Productions over the rights to produce its lucrative annual broadcast.