Morgan Freeman was moved to tears as his career was celebrated with tribute at Deauville Film Festival on Friday. He spoke in French and said he was "grateful" for "reasons that are deeper than usual this year."
Freeman, who was targeted earlier this year by a news report about his alleged sexual misconduct, said he’s been a "lover of French cinema, history and art for most of his life."
The 81-year old Oscar-winning actor was greeted in Deauville by hordes of fans and introduced on stage by prominent French actor Vincent Lindon ("The Measure of a Man").
The homage included a montage of clips from his films, going back to the 1980’s Brubaker in which he starred opposite Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, as well as Million Dollar Baby and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
The city of Deauville, France also honored Freeman with a by dedicating a cabin in his name on the Normandy Beach.