Morgan Freeman Calls Out ‘Gender Specific’ Awards While Receiving SAG’s Life Achievement Honor

Living Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman accepted a Life Achievement Award at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards tonight, a moment he called a “tremendous honor.”

After a video was played outlining Freeman’s storied career in the film industry, the actor said, “These moments in one’s life usually call for an entire litany of thank yous. I can’t do that because I don’t know all of your names. So I won’t try.”

“I do, however, want to thank SAG-AFTRA for this tremendous honor and a little shout-out to my brood,” he added.

Freeman also noted that he finds the “gender-specific” nature of the award to be problematic:

“This is beyond honor. This is a place in history. Oh, and one more thing, I wasn’t going to do this. 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 actor’s comments came at a time when discrimination against women in the film industry has been the focus of all the major award shows, as a post-Harvey Weinstein Hollywood attempts to tackle issues of pay discrimination and sexual misconduct.

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