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Morgan Freeman receives lifetime achievement accolade

Morgan Freeman (r) with Clint Eastwood
Image caption Actor and director Eastwood (l) was among those to sing Freeman's praises

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has received the American Film Institute's (AFI) Life Achievement award at a star-studded event in Los Angeles.

Clint Eastwood and Dame Helen Mirren were among the stars who paid tribute to the 74-year-old at a ceremony held at Sony Studios in Culver City.

"This is easy to take but hard to believe," said Freeman as he became the 39th recipient of the AFI honour.

"Where I come from in Mississippi, they call this walking in high cotton."

The three-and-a-half hour celebration included clips of Freeman's celebrated films, among them Glory, Driving Miss Daisy and Million Dollar Baby.

Co-stars and colleagues took turns to sing his praises, with Eastwood calling him "the most effortless person to be around".

"In a world of too much cubic zirconium you are the real thing," said Samuel L Jackson, who was once Freeman's understudy in a New York stage production.

Forest Whitaker described him as "an adviser, a beacon, a confidant, a shoulder to lean on, protector and friend".

Sidney Poitier, Rita Moreno and Tim Robbins - Freeman's co-star in The Shawshank Redemption - were among others to pay homage.

Previous recipients of the AFI accolade include include Poitier, Eastwood, Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Steven Spielberg.

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